Jealousy In Othello Essay

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Jealousy is an emotion showing envy to someone's achievements, advantages or possessions. Jealousy can also be for someone's suspicions of unfaithfulness. In the William Shakespeare play "Othello",the major theme of jealousy is portrayed through the characters Roderigo, Iago and Othello. These characters show how jealousy has a destructive influence.
Roderigo shows a destructive influence of jealousy in the play "Othello". His jealousy is for anyone who captures Desdemona's heart. Roderigo desperately wants to marry Desdemona, but her father Barbantio disapproved. When Iago tells Roderigo that Othello has married Desdemona without her fathers consent, he replies ignorantly by saying, "What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe,/ if he can carry't this" (I.i.68-69). He wanted to be with Desdemona badly and because Othello married her without consent he is jealous of him. This begins Roderigo's resentment to Othello, and his thoughts on ruining him. Also, since Othello has married Desdemona without Barbantio's approval. Roderigo helps Iago with his plan to make Desdemona's father aware of the situation, due to the fact that they both want to sabotage Othello. Iago says to Roderigo, "Call up her father,/ Rouse him. Make after him in the streets. Incense her kinsmen,/ And, though he in a fertile climate dwell,/ Plague him with flies." (I.i.70-74), and Roderigo agreed on the plan. Roderigo thinks that if he tells Barbantio he will not accept the marriage, this would give Roderigo another chance with Desdemona. Roderigo's jealousy has influenced him into being self centered. He does not care about Othello's happiness but only pleasing himself. Lastly, Roderigo agrees to help Iago kill Cassio, after Iago manipulates and convinces Roderigo that Desdemona has feelings for Cassio. Iago tells Roderigo that Desdemona will stay in Cyprus only if Cassio is dead, therefore he can not be able to take Othello's place. Iago says to Roderigo "... unless his abode be ling'red her by/ some accident; wherein none can be so determinate as the removing of Cassio" (IV.ii.246-248). His jealousy influenced him to wound Cassio. Roderigo's destructive influence of jealousy lead him to his death when manipulative Iago stabs and kills him after he wounds Cassio.
In "Othello" Iago is portrays a manipulative and jealous character, which shows a destructive influence. Iago's jealousy begins when he finds out that Cassio received his dream position as Lieutenant. He believes that he is more qualified for the job due to the fact that he has more experience than Cassio.When Iago finds out that he is not Lieutenant, he rants to Roderigo on how inexperienced Cassio is. He says "One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,/ (A fellow almost damn'd in a fair wife)/ That never set a squadron in the field,/ Nor the division of a battle knows/... Mere prattle without practice/ Is all his solidership. But he, sir,...

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