Iago’s jealously is what caused the whole tragedy in Othello. Iago suspected of Othello to have slept with his wife. Iago had sexual jealousy which cause him to suspect Othello to be one who had intercourse with Emilia. In “Jealousy” David Suchet, the actor who played Iago in Royal Shakespeare Company, suggest that “Iago’s hidden motivation to do evil originates from his envious reactions to other principal figures in the play.” As Othello promotes Cassio over him, Iago would become envious and jealous of Cassio. We also know Iago is jealous of Cassio because in Iago’s soliloquy he said “If Cassio do remain/ He hath a daily beauty in his life/ This makes me ugly.” (5.1.18-20) What Iago is saying is, if Cassio remains alive he would be jealous because Cassio is beautiful and he is not.
Now, Roderigo thinks Cassio likes her too and vice versa. He feels pressured to protect against their love. In order for Roderigo to remove Othello and Cassio out of his way he listens to Iago’s evil scheme. Roderigo must get into a fight with Cassio because he is competition and, so he loses his reputation and his post as lieutenant. Roderigo has been forced by Iago to sell all of his belongings to pay Iago in false hope of getting Desdemona and to carry out evil.
In Othello, Shakespeare uses manipulation to show how it has the power to change your perspective of the people you trust the most. Manipulation can ruin your perspective of someone, even who you are closest to. In the play, Iago feeds Othello lies about his wife Desdemona. Iago’s false words enraged Othello and Othello begins to think poorly of his innocent wife. Othello angrily turns to Iago and yells “ O, devil, devil!” (IIII.i.273) in frustration with his loyal bride.
This is dramatically ironic, as Mercutio does not know the truth behind Romeo’s estactiness. Nevertheless, Benvolio still spends more valuable time with Romeo. When Benvolio and Romeo discover that Rosaline is going to the ball, Benvolio takes this time to show Romeo other beauties. Confidently, he states “Compare her face with some that I shall show, and I will make thee think thy swan a crow.” (1.2.88-89). Benvolio metaphorically compares Rosaline to a swan’s beauty, stating that she will seem unappealing after she is juxtaposed with other girls.
“Iago is an extreme instance of diseased intellectual activity, with the most perfect indifference to moral good or evil, or rather with a decided preference of the latter” -William Hazlitt. In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago is the main antagonist who drives most of the plot and creates great conflict for Othello and other characters. Iago hates Othello because Cassio was promoted to Lieutenant over Iago, causing Iago to craft a destructive revenge plan to convince Othello that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio and actually trying to sleep with her himself. This plan will ruin the lives of Othello, Cassio, and anyone else in Iago’s path. Because of the pure jealousy that fuels his revenge, the genius complexity in his destructive plans, and all the while manipulating everyone around him without their knowledge, Shakespeare presents Iago as one of the most compelling villains in all of literature.
In Shakespeare’s quest to develop a character and create dramatic irony he uses a soliloquy, which is an internal monologue delivered by a character to introduce their innermost thoughts or feelings. In Shakespeare’s Othello, he uses a soliloquy spoken by Iago, to develop the character and create dramatic irony. By looking at Iago’s soliloquy in Act 1, Scene 3, we can see that Iago is the selfish character who uses other to create destruction, which most readers don’t see; this is important because Iago’s destruction of himself and others imperative to the story. Iago’s character is manipulative, he uses the other characters to get what he wants, he does not interact with any of the characters unless they are part of his plan. Throughout
He mentions this again in Act 2, Scene 1: For that I do suspect the lusty Moor Hath leap 'd into my seat; the thought whereof Doth, like a poisonous mineral, gnaw my inwards And nothing can or shall content my soul Till I am even 'd with him, wife for wife In this case, “wife for wife” could be interpreted as “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” It is obvious he wants revenge or, as he sees it, justice. Making Othello question Desdemona’s faithfulness and including Cassio in his plot, seems like a fitting way to do that. What’s more, this motive would also explain his behavior towards his wife and to women in general. His negative perception of them is perfectly described during the conversation with Desdemona and Emilia: Come on, come on; you are pictures out of doors, Bells in your parlors, wild-cats in your kitchens, Saints m your injuries, devils being offended, Players in your housewifery, and housewives ' in your beds. Although he uses it as a joke to make fun women, it’s possible he also believes it himself.
The play consists of jealousy, heartbreak, tortued feelings, and death. Othello thought he deserved the promotion that Othello gave to Cassio. He felt like he had to get Othello back he said things like “ My career is cut short by some bookkeeper, even though the general saw my fighting skills first hand. He’s so upset that he schemes a plan that will tear Desdemona and Othello’s marriage apart and Cassio will lose his position as lieutenant. Iago’s plan starts off when he and Roderigo go to Desdemona’s father Brabantio house and tell him that she had been kidnapped by the moor and that they are now married.
However, men aren't the only ones that have a negative approach to marriage, Beatrice is one of the few that actually see marriage in a negative way. One of the first examples of deception occurs at the ball when all the men are wearing masks. Shakespeare uses physical deception to bring Benedick and Beatrice closer together and Beatrice starts to show what she really thinks of Benedick. Much Ado About Nothing is bursting with contrived situations an example of this is when Don Pedro, Claudio and Hero arrange a plan to make Beatrice and Benedick fall in love. Don Pedro states “I will in the interim undertake one of Hercules’ labors.
When the friar says this, he is warning Romeo that what he is viewing as all good may turn out to be all bad. Romeo is also impulsive. Since Romeo is a dreamer, he allows his emotions to directly influence his decisions and that makes him impulsive. Once Romeo feels something, he usually acts upon the feeling without thinking of the consequences. This is seen when the day after Romeo and Juliet meet he wants to be married to her.
Jealousy is the most dominant theme of Othello. “Honest” Iago, the protagonist, is utterly absorbed with his jealousy of Michael Cassio because Cassio was chosen as lieutenant instead of Iago. He yearns for everyone to be as miserable as himself by implementing seeds of doubt resulting jealousy of other characters. His mind is clouded by animosity; Iago acquires for others to be justly jealous shown through Iago’s manipulation of characters, especially Othello. Shakespeare begins the story with an evidence of trust in Iago from Roderigo as he reveals his dear love for Desdemona.