This tragic flaw is what leads him to kill himself and his wife, and he did this all based on lies given to him by Iago. Othello easily believed what Iago was telling him because of his jealousy and he trusts Iago to help him execute his plans for Desdemona and Cassio. This idea of Othello’s jealousy leading to his own ruin is important to the play itself because it carries with it a message; “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on” (III. iii.
The use of sexual jealousy has been substantially represented by Othello, as one of the most unscrupulous and destructive emotions. Iago has insinuated many lies about sexual relations between the fair Desdemona, Othello’s wife, and Cassio. The use of jealousy throughout the play proceeds to the tragic death of Othello. Othello is so driven with the idea of being subject to cuckoldry, that he ignores all plausible signs that Iago has been spreading pernicious lies. “I will chop her into messes!
Pride, greed, and lust drove Iago to poisoning Desdemona 's father and eventually ruining the marriage between Desdemona and Othello. In his play, he approach the problems the world faces in a comedic manner. People let greed and lust persuade them to do crazy things. Othello and Iago are foil characters in Othello. Iago let his vengeful ways and deceitful motives alter his decisions while Othello appears in the opening acts as the very personification of self control”(Harbage).
Besides that, jealousy leads Othello to hate his innocent lieutenant, Cassio. Therefore, he wants to kill Cassio as well, said, “Not Cassio kill'd” Then murder's out of tune, And sweet revenge grows harsh.”(823). The point of jealousy becomes the most powerful poison throughout the play as it motivates the characters’ actions. The major characters of Iago and Othello clearly possess this jealousy and show how it affects them. Iago is forced to expose his actual nature and Othello undergoes a total transformation from a normal human to a spiteful monster.
It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on” (3.3.187-189). This statement is directed towards Othello, and is significant for many reasons. This statement directly relates to how Iago is targeting Othello’s major weakness, which is jealousy. However, this quote also adds dramatic irony to the play because Iago’s major motive throughout the tragedy is his own jealousy of Cassio. This statement also foreshadows how jealousy will ultimately be the cause of the demise of many characters throughout the
Don John, the villainous half-brother of Don Pedro, provides the perfect example of this when he hatches a plot to “misuse the Prince, to vex Claudio, to undo Hero, and to kill Leonato” (2.2.27-28). He does so, driven by jealous discontent and the vow to “make all use of it,” (1.3.36). At first it appears that his slander of Hero has ruined everyone’s plans and left the girl so “death is the fairest cover for her shame” (4.1.114). Yet the pattern of the play suggests that this kind of deception is ultimately fruitless; all of the characters who engage in it are found out, quickly caught, or foiled in their attempts to escape the consequences. Thus, it could even be argued that this sort of deception only hurts those who perpetrate it, in the
Hamlet is madness is started by love but is infused with jealousy. Hamlet comes up with a plan to see if King Claudius really did kill his father, so he gets actors to re-enact how King Claudius killed his father. Hamlet turns out to be very jealous of the actors because they are showing fake emotions, when he is really is feeling depressed and very emotional. O, reform it altogether!/ And let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them,/
In this story there is an event that is commonly called a “play inside of a play”, and by using this in the story it reveals the effectiveness of using deceit to pull the truth out of people, to see their true nature and what they’re capable of. Although everyone is using trickery, Hamlet’s deception is quite possibly the cruelest out of everyone because it causes the most deaths. In this story, Hamlet deceives basically everyone in the play even himself. He deceives himself into thinking what he is doing is warranted and that his uncle must burn in hell for what he has done and this is why he hides behind his fake insanity. The major question that is still argued about to this day, regarding Hamlet, is “is hamlet insane?”.
What is jealousy? Jealousy is feeling or showing envy of someone or their achievements and advantages. "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on;"(3.3.15). Iago tells Othello that jealousy is a monster, Shakespeare knew this as well. Jealousy is the theme in his play Othello, it causes conflicts from marriage problems to as severe as death.
When Lago was finally able to use Othello’s weaknesses to fill him with rage, he made Othello direct his beam of hatred directly at his former lover. Othello’s rage is noted when he calls his former love a “subtle whore.” Lago used Othello’s insecurities to control him like a puppeteer controls a marionette. Instead of being a slave to a master, he was a slave to his own manipulated emotions. By manipulating Othello’s weaknesses, Lago was able to convert Othello from a lover to a murderer. The irony about Othello is that he was strong enough to fight brutal battles of war but weak enough to be taken advantage of by a wolf in sheep’s clothing.