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From Valiancy To Vengeance Essay

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Hatred, in Shakespeare’s Othello, destroyed the lives of so many innocent people, creating an atmosphere of fear and mayhem. Jealousy turned into a deep hatred, and liberated the "beast in man" (Bloom's major dramatists).This mayhem caused a substantial amount of destruction and led to the demise of many.
Hatred in Othello starts with Brabantio, who claims Othello is a noble, respectable man. However, Brabantio hates dark skin and foreign roots, two attributes Othello possesses. Brabantio’s hatred for Othello grows when he marries his daughter, Desdemona, behind his back. Brabantio accuses Othello of witchcraft, which is clear when he argues “She is abused, stol'n from me, and corrupted by spells and medicines bought of mountebanks” (1.3.60). The Duke doesn’t buy this as proof, however, and tells Brabantio “to vouch this, is no proof, / Without more wider and more overt test / Than these thin habits and poor likelihoods / Of modern seeming do prefer against him" (1.3.106-109).
Roderigo is also a man full of hatred. At first his hatred is not aimed at a particular person, but rather at life. This is apparent when he says, “it is silliness to live when to live is torment" (1.3.350). Iago discovers Roderigo’s weak mind and sinks his teeth into it. After being used, Roderigo’s hatred became redirected at Iago, for being an “inhuman dog” (5.1.62).
Iago’s hatred towards Roderigo is clear for the reasons that he took advantage of him, convinced him to sell his land, and “put money in thy purse” (1.3.341). Iago’s hatred is so powerful he was willing to use Roderigo as his puppet, in order to get into the minds of others. It becomes evident Iago hates Roderigo when he admits he looks down upon him as a "sick fool” (2.3.45). Iago’s malignity becomes undeniable when he commits the ultimate act of hatred; murder. He killed Roderigo for the reason that he would rather have filthy hands than a person alive who could expose his secrets.
Another victim of hatred in Othello is Cassio. Iago cannot stand that he is not accepted as an equal in comparison to Cassio. Iago believes Cassio is “bookish and spinster” (1.1.25). Iago’s jealousy and hatred prompt him to plot revenge, and dishonor Cassio. A cloud of hatred so thick settles into Iago’s mind, compromising any shred of humanity he has left. This is proved when Iago convinces Roderigo to try and assassinate Cassio, by telling him “none can be so determinate as the removing of Cassio” (4.2.227).
Iago’s selfish, need-to-be-dominate nature also stems to his hatred of women. Iago shows no respect or morals toward women, and believes that they are simply just “property of men” ( Iago proves his hated toward women when he states “Ere I would say I would drown myself for the love of a guinea hen; I would change my humanity with a baboon” (1.3.310). His hatred for women became indisputable when he killed his wife, Emilia, for the sake of trying to protect his harsh secrets from being...

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