Jealousy Wrecks Havoc In Othello Essay

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“Love sees sharply, hatred sees even more sharp, but jealousy sees the sharpest for it is love and hate at the same time”(anonymous). Love and hate interlinked together builds jealousy. Jealous people are that way because they envy or wish they could have what someone else has to fulfill the attention or satisfaction need. There is a void in their lives that they believe can be filled if only the status or the treasures that another has belonged to them. The characters in Othello fall under the same category. There are several reasons for jealousy but all the reasons are interlinked and can destroy their fate if they are not careful. In Othello William Shakespeare exemplifies the fine line between a diverse range of jealousy types and how it can affect relationships.
Jealousy falls from love. In Othello the two are interlinked. Several characters show a love jealousy towards others. Iago has a jealous urge towards Othello because of Desdemona. “Now, I do love her too, not out of absolute lust, though peradventure, I stand accountant for as great a sin, for that I do suspect the lusty Moor hath leap’d into my seat”(28). Iago is in love with Desdemona not because of thirst for her but more by chance because he is jealous of Othello for winning Desdemona’s heart over all the other men after her. Iago also believes that Othello was after his wife, Amelia, when her and Iago were first married. Iago is jealous that Othello has stolen Desdemona’s heart behind her father’s back and stolen her away from all the men after her so that now she is all his. Because of Iago’s jealousy he vows to strike revenge on Othello. He contends that nothing can stop him from or produce fulfillment in his cause except obtaining retribution on Othello. “ And nothing can or shall content my soul till I am even’d with him, wife for wife; or failing so, yet that I put the Moor at least into a jealousy so strong that judgment cannot cure”(28). Iago is so fed up and jealous that Othello has become master of the army and in doing so appointed Cassio as his lieutenant, and won Desdemona after he messed with Amelia. He proclaims that he is going to get back at Othello with all his might for what Othello has caused to him and he will not give up until Othello is so jealous and paranoid there is no stopping his rampage and demise. Iago will stop at nothing to see Othello go down in his own jealous tendencies and frenzy. When Othello hears the rumors from Iago it appears Iago’s plan has worked as Othello is so raging mad against Desdemona because he thinks she has been seeing Cassio. “Yet she must die, else she’ll betray more men.”(81). Othello is beginning to feel so jealous that Cassio seems to be able to get more love and affection out of Desdemona that he decides he has to put an end to it. Othello is not the only one who is fed up and feeling jealous over Desdemona’s and Cassio’s secret meetings and encounters; Cassio and Desdemona’s secret encounters now have Cassio’s girl...

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