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How Shakespeare demonstrates the growth of Othello's jealousy?

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How Shakespeare demonstrates the growth of Othello's jealousy? In one of the Shakespeare plays, 'Othello', Othello, a Moorish, Venetian army general marries Desdemona, daughter of a Venetian aristocrat, Brabantio. Brabantio does not approve of her marrying Othello. Iago finds out about this and he uses this knowledge to stir up and end their relationship. At the start of the play, Shakespeare exposes Iago's intention to break up Othello's relationship with Desdemona is shown by the quotation: 'poison his delight'. The words 'poison' and 'delight' reveals that Iago is going to slowly, corrupt Othello's mind, forcing him to think that Desdemona has cheated on him. The remark made by Brabantio enforces the idea that Desdemona has disobeyed him and that she may disobey Othello later on in the play: 'She has deceived her father, and may thee.' The word 'deceived' is emphasised. Othello is easily roused to suspicion by Iago, as he is becoming too reliant on him for information if his wife has cheated on him. This quote depicts this: 'Was not that Cassio parted from my wife?' The word 'parted' suggests that Cassio is having an affair with Desdemona, according to Othello's thoughts. This would lead to his downfall and end up committing suicide at the end of the play because he feels guilty after he took her life away. The quote exploits Iago's plans are working in his favour, as Othello is jealous of Desdemona's suspected affair with Cassio: 'Excellent wretch! ...read more.

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This quote demonstrates that Othello is beginning to loathe Desdemona: 'False to me...than but to know't a little...Cassio's kisses on her lips.' The words 'false to me' suggest that Desdemona does not love Othello, according to his thoughts. This is also a contradiction of his love to her earlier in the play, Othello mentioned 'know't a little'. This suggests that he wishes he had an overview of the whole situation. He also spoke of 'Cassio's kisses on the lips'. This enforces the fact that Othello is imagining Desdemona's sexual relationship with Cassio. In Othello's opinion, she is a strumpet. Othello is an arrogant man who does not bother to talk to his wife. The following quotation enforces the fact that Othello assumes he has been cuckolded: 'Farewell, Othello's occupations gone...villain, be sure, thou prove my love a whore.' The words 'occupations gone' suggests Othello gives up on life. He also mentioned 'prove' and 'whore'. This demonstrates the fact that he desperately needs evidence, from Iago, to confirm that Desdemona is having a sexual relationship with Cassio, leaving him into an easier position. Othello does not realise he is playing psychological games with Iago. The quote expresses Iago's detail of the supposed dream of sex between Cassio and Desdemona: 'One of this kind is Cassio...laid his leg over my thigh, and sighed and kissed.' The word 'kind' suggests Desdemona is in bed with Cassio, according to Iago, in the third person. He also stated, in the first person as Cassio, 'leg over my thigh' and 'kissed'. ...read more.

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This quote depicts Othello's suffering: 'A fixed figure for the time of scorn...the fountain...as a cistern for foul toads.' The word 'scorn' refers to Othello's distrust. He feels that way because he felt betrayed by Desdemona. There is a contrast between 'fountain' and 'cistern'. It suggests that, in Othello's view, which Desdemona used to be faithful. Now she has been contaminated by sleeping with other men, in reality it never happened and Othello has no knowledge of this. Othello believes he has the evidence to justify his intended actions. The quote demonstrates that Othello's confirmed actions: 'Put out the light.' The words 'put out' are a homicidal metaphor. It suggests that Desdemona cannot be allowed to cuckold other men and Othello believes he must put an end to this. Othello does not realise the whole situation and he has played and lost a psychological game with Iago, until after he has taken her life away. In my opinion, Othello only murdered Desdemona because he felt that she committed a sin and she must be punished. He obviously regrets that he ended her life, but he never claimed responsibility because he is jealous. Iago got into this position by using psychology to find and exploit other people's weaknesses to his own advantage. He is also a sly, clever and cautious man. All he did was to use other people and played them off against each other. Othello had a weakness, which is jealousy. All Iago had to do was provoke Othello in order to achieve his goal, which is to break up Othello's relationship with Desdemona. Martin Yau Candidate No. 6079 Centre No. 58231 Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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