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 maybe Emilia the play has jealousy and gullibility in it. “Othello’’ is a black man in a white society.
Iago is jealous of cassio because he became Othello’s lieutenant. Iago is jealous because he felt that he was the one to get that position, because he believed that he deserved it, but did not receive what he wanted. Cassio has turned into a bit of a playboy and slept with women, possibly iagos wife. Here are a few quotes about Othello, iago says, “I do suspect a trusty moor hath leaped into my seat”. I do think this is saying, that iago is thinking that Othello has slept with his wife emilia. The next quote shows that, iago wants to do to Othello what he did to him. Revenge. “Till i've evened with him, wife for wife”. Iago shows his potential of jealousy to become so destructive. Iagos wife emilia says to Desdemona (Othello’s wife), “who would not make her husband old to make him a monarch?” Iago also starts to say things about cassio like, “ for I fear cassio with my night cap too.” Iago decides to set up Othello to be jealous of cassio. Iago is however the greatest manipulative character Shakespeare had ever created. 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...

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