Jealousy The Green Eyed Monster Essay

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“Jealousy is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on’’ (III.iii.165-167). Othello: The Moor of Venice is a play by Shakespeare that presents the theme of human relationship: jealousy. Jealousy often has no real basis, usually the loved one is faithful, but the lover interprets all evidence in the sense of being cheated. The protagonist Othello is the general of the armies of Venice respected by all those around him. In the first act a dispute between Desdemona and her father, Brabanzio the Venetian senator, arises because she marries Othello without consulting him. Othello is considered inferior because he is a great warrior. Othello’s career seems promising as he is ...view middle of the document...

” (I.i.20-25). Iago expresses that he hates Othello’s for making Cassio lieutenant. Iago feels more capable of being Othello’s lieutenant, rather than Cassio who lacks the experience. Iago cannot understand the reason for Cassio’s promotion and becomes jealous. However his is not the only reason why Iago is over come with hatred and jealousy toward Othello. Iago miss interpret the relationship between Othello and his wife, Emilia: “I hate the Moor: And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets He has done my office: I know not if't be true; but I, for mere suspicion in that kind, Will do as if for surety” (I.iii.367-370). Iago heard rumors that Othello and Emilia have hook up, but he is not sure if it’s true, however Iago has decided to proceed and wreck Othello's life anyways.
Having reasons to wreck Othello’s live Iago maters a plan that would bring Othello to his downfall felling him with the same jealousy and hatred he feels. Iago uses his wife Emilia and his friend Rodrigo to reach out revenge. Knowing that Rodrigo has feelings for Desdemona Iago advises that if he wants to end up with Desdemona he urges him to turn his land to cash. Iago tells Rodrigo that Cassio and Desdemona like each other. Iago then asked Rodrigo to cause Cassio to fight in order to get rid of him. During the fight Montano, an officer gets wounded. Othello comes to the scene and dismisses Cassio from his position. Iago advises Cassio to beg Desdemona to intercede for him with Othello. Then Iago hints to Othello that Desdemona may be deceiving with Cassio.
Iago is cleverly disguised as a demon friend of love as he advices Cassio to seek the protection of Desdemona, whom her husband doesn’t deny anything, for forgiveness. Iago then uses his wife, Emilia, to steal the handkerchief from, Desdemona, the first gift given to her by Othello. Emilia steals the handkerchief while Desdemona intercedes insistently to Othello for Cassio. Iago manages to get his hands on the handkerchief that later ends up into the hands of Cassio. The handkerchief will be one of Iago’s weapon of manipulation toward Othello. Thought-out the play Iago can be describe as a master of manipulation: “Iago sees other human beings only as victims or tools. He is atheist beyond moral scruple, and one who finds pleasure in the corruption of the virtuous and the abuse of the pliable…” (Foster 40).
As a result of Iago’s manipulations Othello is driving by his emotions that overtake his mind and soul. Iago cast doubts of jealousy in to Othello’s minds by warning him that, “Jealousy is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on” (III.iii.165-167). Here Iago implies that Jealousy eventually wreaks the heart of the man who falls into it. Othello’s claims he is not a jealous man for he has trust his wife who had eyes, and chose him. However, Iago keeps playing with Othello’s mind and eventually falls into his lies. The great warrior and lover, Othello feels humiliated, as he believes, by his...

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