When Iago loses respect for himself it is certain he has lost all respect for others, bein... ... middle of paper ... ...e that gave thee to the Moor!”(III.iii.427-435) Iago lies to Othello, who trust Iago dearly; the loss of respect is yet again exhibited. Jealousy’s evil effects take over Othello’s mind causing him to become a blood thirsty beast, “Oh, blood, blood, blood!” (III.iii.462). Othello desires the shed of blood because he is so jealous. Jealousy blinds his mind and sense of reason and he acts upon emotion irrationally, all because of the evil Iago and his plan, inspired and motivated by jealousy. In the tragedy Othello jealousy is a motivator of evil, Iago uses it against people resulting in the destruction of their own lives and the people’s lives around them.
His jealousy is totally engulfed in Act IV Scene 1. It turned his thoughts into murder. “How shall I murder him, Iago? For she shall not live; no, my heart is turned to stone…” (178-179). The passion of jealousy, which derives from pride and breeds anger, gradually gains control over Othello and he finally turns into the savage moor that he was at first accused of being (Merzic 90).
In the end, their jealousy caused the deaths of their loved ones, such as Michael Cassio and Desdemona. By analyzing the characters in Othello, readers can conclude that jealousy is an unappealing trait and will destroy people’s lives. Firstly, the narrator establishes the character, Iago, who has a jealousy issue from the beginning.
Iago is envious of Othello’s position of power, and the rumors that Emilia had an affair with Othello. Ultimately, Iago plans to destroy Othello by inciting him with envy, and to get Othello to turn on his wife.Iago’s paramount display of envy for Othello is in his soliloquy and also his conversations with Othello. Othello soon becomes overwhelmed with envy, and it is this envy that drives the play, and Iago’s plans. Iago begins the play with a deep envy for Othello, and only deepens as the play continues. Iago’s jealousy for Othello begins with Emilia, and the rumor that they were romantically involved.
It is this extreme evil within Iago that compels him to plot the destruction of others and bring about his own doom. Iago possesses an insane desire for chaos and is evident through his near perfect planning of his scheme. Iago has motivation of pure hatred, he “hates the moor” and considers the diabolical mischief he creates as “a pleasure” and “a sport”. He uses his wife, Emilia, as a pawn in his twisted plot and refers to her as a “villainous whore”, before stabbing her to death with intentions of pure evilness. As a practical joker, Iago finds enjoyment and thrill through the abuse of people’s trust and in their death and downfall.
This is evident in Shakespeare’s Othello and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. Othello and Amir are corrupted by jealousy, causing them to ruin the lives of the people they love. Othello and Amir are corrupted by the powerful emotion of jealousy. Othello’s jealousy against Desdemona stems from the manipulation put forth by Iago. Iago decides to play on Othello’s jealous nature, and constantly tells him that Desdemona is being unfaithful with Cassio.
At the beginning of the play, Othello assigns the lieutenant role to Cassio rather than Iago, who is Othello’s close friend. Iago believed that he was more qualified as a lieutenant, which led him to develop anger towards Othello. Also, Iago was convinced that his wife, Emilia has cheated on him with Othello, and believed that the only way to get back is to corrupt his life. This rage led him to plot an evil scheme to ruin Othello’s life as he says, “[…] put the Moor at least into a jealousy so strong that judgment cannot cure” (2. 1, 300).
Othello’s striking of Desdemona is the result of jealousy and anger. This clouds his judgment. Instead of approaching the situation in a calm manner, which quite possibly could have exposed the real truth, he chose to react the way he did. This would be a significant factor in his downfall. The most extreme example occurs at the end of the play, when Othello decides to kill Desdemona for her suspected affair.
This shows that jealousy can cause harm to one’s relationship with someone. As Othello feels more insecure with his relationship, he goes through a sudden change in character due to his wife’s unfaithfulness. When people become jealous in relationships they often become very posses... ... middle of paper ... ...nd misunderstandings grow to point where he was not able to handle the stress anymore and deemed it right to kill Desdemona, only to find out that she and Cassio are innocent and have always remained faithful towards Othello. The emotion of jealousy can change and destroy one to their roots where their good and truth disappears from their soul and only the anger, jealousy, and hatred remain. In conclusion, everyone once has experienced the emotion of jealousy whether it be in a relationship towards someone or an object that someone else has and one wishes to have.
At this point Othello realizes the false truths created by Iago. His emotions start running wild and he changes into a new person of hate and anger, this is because he saw some type of proof to reassure his already questionable thoughts. These new profane thoughts of murder are seen when Othello says, “Ay, let her rot and parish and be damned tonight, for she shall not live! No, my heart is turned to stone” (4.1.176-177). This is the point when we see the soon to come fate of Desdemona.