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Emma Quigley December 19,2013English 10H Ms. MetrakosCharacter Analysis Essay- OthelloThe Green- Eyed Monster in OthelloIn William Shakespeare's play Othello a tragedy is brought about through characters with individual flaws. The theme of jealousy motivates the characters actions, leading them to their downfalls. Jealousy is caused by fear of abandonment to fear of humiliation, when there is a threat to something a person values. The protagonist, Othello and his destructive jealousy led to a change in his character which ultimately leads to the downfall of himself and others involved.As Othello becomes incensed with jealousy, he begins to show changes in his behavior and language. At the beginning of the play, Othello had a peaceful and loving personality, "But that I love the gentle Desdemona, I would not my unhoused free condition put into my circumscription and confine for the sea's worth" (1.2. 28-31). Othello would never agree to get married or give up his freedom if he didn't love Desdemona. He believes that they have a true and everlasting love. However, by Act 3 Scene 3, Othello calls Desdemona a whore and "wants to tear her all to pieces" (3.3 490). This shows Othello's change from calm to violence. Also in 4.1, he strikes Desdemona in public, which shows his true evil and crude personality. Through Othello's conflict with Desdemona you see the true characterization of Othello.Secondly, Othello's invidious protection of Desdemona leads him to believe the manipulative Iago and his lies. In particular, Iago claimed that Desdemona had given Cassio her handkerchief when Othello asked for proof of her adultery (3.3). Othello was so convinced that his wife was cheating that he didn't even think to check if Cassio really did have the handkerchief. The handkerchief was a symbolism of Othello and Desdemona's love and to Othello, Desdemona giving it to Cassio, also represents her giving her love to him. Also, lago claims that Desdemona and Cassio had an affair but, instead of saying it straight forward all he has to do is say the word "lie" (4.1 line 40). This allows Othello to interpret it however he wants to and make his own assumptions. Since he already has a suspicion Desdemona is cheating, he is quick to assume the worst. If Othello was not already consumed with jealousy he would be less naïve to Iago and more willing to talk with his wife and Cassio.Eventually, Othello's jealousy becomes unbearable, resulting in the death of his beloved Desdemona, and himself. Although Desdemona pleads she is guilty, Othello is so blinded by envy that he doesn't believe her (5.2. 50-105). Even though Desdemona is telling the truth, Othello doesn't trust her because he is already convinced she did cheat. Shortly after her death, Othello realizes he had been played by Iago and she was telling the truth all along and Othello murders himself. In his last breath he says, "Speak of me as I am" (5.2. 402) which is ironic because he himself says he is "one not...

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