Iago Essays On Jealousy

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One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,
A fellow almost damned in a fair wife,
That never set a squadron in the field,
Nor the division of a battle knows
More than a spinster—unless the bookish theoric,
Wherein the togèd consuls can propose
As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practice
Is all his soldiership. But he, sir, had the election;
And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof
At Rhodes, at Cyprus and on other grounds
Christian and heathen, must be beleed and
By debitor and creditor. This counter-caster,
He, in good time, must his lieutenant be (1.1.21-34)

Here, Iago claims he hates Othello because Othello passed him, Iago, over for a promotion, giving "one Michael Cassio" the job as his military lieutenant instead. Iago claims he's far more qualified than Cassio, who lacks Iago's experience on the field of battle. Clearly, Iago seems pretty jealous. But is this the real reason Iago sets out to destroy Othello? Or, is this merely an excuse to go after him? In other words, does Iago say all of this in order to manipulate Roderigo? (Roderigo, as we soon learn, is completely envious of Othello for marrying Desdemona.)

Essay about Destructive Jealousy in Iago and Othello

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“Jealousy has the power to destroy”
Discuss the ways in which Shakespeare uses both characters Othello and Iago to convey this message.

Following the recent study of Shakespeare’s play “Othello”, we found a lot of information about the play and the theme jealousy. Shakespeare wrote tragedies, comedies and histories, all were in five acts of poetry. My definition of jealousy is where someone has something or is able to do something that another person can do. They are jealous because the other people are able to and have the things they want but can’t get. The play ‘Othello’ is in Shakespeare’s group of tragedies, because of the deaths and misfortunes. The main characters in “Othello” are Othello himself, iago, Cassio, Desdamona and…show more content…

He then decides to set up Cassio, Iago is happy because he can use Cassio's weak spot against him. Women and wine. Iago then hides Othello so he can listen to Cassio talking about Desdemona, however it was actually Bianca, Iago and Cassio were talking about. At the end of the play Othello ends up killing Desdemona. There is also a strange question about, Iago may be in love with Othello in a homosexual way. Iago could only be jealous of his love not that Cassio has the position he wanted. Iagos jealousy is excessive. It is based mainly on evidence, except for the ideas of Emilia and Othello sleeping together. Othello’s jealousy is also excessive but this time it’s unrealistic. Othello’s imaginary allows himself to be manipulative. Dramatic irony is where a piece3 of information informs the audience of what is going to happen or what is happening but the characters do not know it. Iago warns Othello about him creating jealousy, because he needed to let the audience know what is going to happen, but without Othello knowing. Iago says, "O beware my lord of jealousy, it is the green eyed monster”. I think the colour green represents the theme jealousy in ‘Othello’, because when people are jealous they are also sly, and I think that green is a sly colour. Jealousy could be a theme to apply to Shakespearian England and the year 2007 because it can show how the characters are feeling and what they are like during a

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