The Side Effects Of Envy Essay

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Plante 5Kailyn PlanteMs. LesserEnglish 10H Per.415 June 2014The Side Effects of EnvyOthello by William Shakespeare is a play about a Moor, Othello, who falls in love with and marries a white woman, Desdemona. He is then manipulated by his ancient, Iago, who tells lies about his wife and his lieutenant, Cassio, having an affair, resulting in the feeling of jealousy and the need for revenge. Jealousy is one of the main themes in Shakespeare's play and is shown throughout the storyline on numerous occasions. Shakespeare shows us that jealousy can ruin someone, causing the need for revenge and the making of irrational decisions in one's life by showing the downfall of Othello.Othello shows us that by putting too much trust into Iago instead of his wife, it became easy for his ancient to deceive him and lead to his feelings of jealousy and rage. Othello put too much trust into "honest Iago" (II.iii.175) and Iago uses this trust to tell him lies and get him to believe them. His goal is to convince Othello of Desdemona's infidelity and ruin is life. Iago gives Othello many reasons why he should believe him: "look to your wife; observe her well with Cassio" (III.iii.196). Othello, who is deeply in love with Desdemona, doesn't believe him right away. He wants proof before he makes any assumptions or accusations: "I'll see before I doubt; when I doubt, prove;/ and on the proof, there is no more but this" (III.iii.189-190). Iago continues telling Othello different scenarios of Desdemona and Cassio being together but they are all lies. He wants all the stories he is telling him to get Othello mad and jealous but he doesn't want this to seem obvious so he tells Othello to beware of jealousy: "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;/ it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock/ the meat it feeds on" (III.iii.166-168). He explains to Othello that if he lets himself get jealous that the stories will continually haunt him and eat him alive. Jealousy is proven to be "the most destructive of passions and the least studied, it is, like all emotions, born of necessity, with roots deep in our evolutionary past" (Marano para 7). Jealousy has always been a part of human nature, constantly bothering and haunting people to the point of making bad decisions, since when we first walked on this earth. Othello starts to show signs of jealousy when Iago starts to tell him about the "affair" between Desdemona and Cassio, leading to the domino effect when Othello starts to think about making rash decisions.Bad decisions are both thought about and made when everything had is believed. Because Othello believes everything Iago is telling him, he immediately gets angry and is set on getting revenge on both Desdemona and Cassio. Iago fuels Othello's need for revenge by constantly telling him about "proof" of the affair that isn't true:In sleep I heard him say "Sweet Desdemona,/ let us be wary, let us hide our loves."/ And then, sir, would he gripe and wring my hand,/ Cry "O sweet...

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