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Othello. In the tragedy of Othello William Shakespeare writes a play full of trickery, deceit, and deception. All these actions are being used because of jealousy felt by many of the characters

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´╗┐Othello In the tragedy of Othello William Shakespeare writes a play full of trickery, deceit, and deception. All these actions are being used because of jealousy felt by many of the characters. Othello, one of the main characters, becomes very jealous throughout the play, which causes plenty of problems. Even though his own jealousy is blinding him Othello?s real problem is his ancient Iago. Not only are Othello?s problems causing his downfall, but also Iago?s problems. One of Othello?s big problems is the lies brought to him about his wife sleeping around. This sexual jealousy towards Cassio and Desdemona slowly destroys his life. True love is what brought Othello and Desdemona together, and throughout the story that same love turned into hatred. Othello became jealous after Iago?s lies made him believe his wife was having an affair. When Othello first realized Iago?s words he became outraged and fell into a trance after saying, ?Lie with her? ...read more.

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When Iago tells Othello about Desdemona and Cassio, he immediately turns his jealousy into anger. Instead of staying calm and talking to Desdemona about all of this, he is so outraged he uses physical pain towards Desdemona. Othello?s anger was illustrated when he strikes Desdemona and says, ?O, devil, devil! If that the earth could teem with woman?s tears, Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile. Out of my sight (4.2.273-276). This is when Othello was accusing Desdemona of her affairs with Cassio. Othello does not even let Desdemona talk or explain anything. If Othello gave her a chance to speak he would have found out that these accusations were all lies. Also Iago?s lies would have been revealed and everything would have been well between Othello and Desdemona. Othello?s problems may have seemed serious, but his true problem was Iago. Even though Othello did not realize or know about Iago?s lies, it still ruined Othello and brought him to his doom. ...read more.

Conclusion

When lying to Othello he says, ?O beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock. The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss?(3.3.195-197). This was when Iago was trying to explain to Othello that he should not be jealous of Desdemona even though he is doing just the opposite. Iago uses the word cuckold which means a man cheated sexually by his wife. This gets Othello pondering about his relationship. Iago knows that Othello would become angry and plays with his head. This slowly brings down Othello?s confidence towards his wife and his marriage. At one point of the story, not only the main characters Othello and Iago, but also other characters at one point or another let their jealousy towards others take over. For Othello his life was going perfect, but after letting his emotions take over it became the end for him. It is not only his problems that bring him down; it is also Iago?s personal problems that caused everything to crumble into pieces. ...read more.

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