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Othello. Almost every action in the play is made out of pure jealousy.

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"The jealous poison their own banquet and then eat it." This line from Washington Irving exemplifies the underlying theme throughout William Shakespeare's Othello. Almost every action in the play is made out of pure jealousy. Although these covetous feelings stem from different reasons and evolve in different ways between the characters, the outcome is always disastrous. All of the characters seem to fall into a continuous circle of jealousy, with Iago at the center drawing everyone in just to break each one down. Throughout Othello, Iago acts as the mastermind and all of the other characters prove to be his puppets. Motivated by relentless jealousy over Othello's high position and of his lieutenant, Cassio, Iago plots to ruin Othello and will do all in his power to bring him down. ...read more.

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These feelings of resentment had far reaching effects. Not only did Iago bring down the great Othello, but everyone else in his path as well. He manipulated Othello into believing horrible lies about Cassio. Though Cassio had his own share of alcoholic problems, Iago only added to them and staged a fight that led to the end of Cassio's career. But as this was not enough for Iago, he made sure Othello hated Cassio as well by persuading him of his wife's adultery that never really existed. With this false anger, Othello orders the death of his only true friend. Cassio is oblivious to all of this. But even more naive was Iago's wife, Emilia. Always so sweet and loving, she never suspects her husband of anything and gives him the main tool to set the scheme into full swing without even knowing what she has done. ...read more.

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As Othello does not confront her with his feelings she cannot deny anything until it is too late and as he smothers her, it becomes obvious she is angrier that he could believe her to be unfaithful than of what he is actually doing. As Iago spins his web of distrust, every character sees the consequences. Nothing but evil can come from the jealous. Othello proves the great force that jealousy can have on a person. And as it slowly makes everyone's seemingly perfect world crumble to the ground, Iago feels no shame or guilt. He succeeded in making the life of the noble Othello crash and the people who got in his way were simply sacrifices he found to be necessary. So "beware, my Lord, of Jealousy. It is the green-eyed .. monster". (Scene 3, Act 3) ...read more.

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