The Consequences of Jealousy

The Consequences of Jealousy

Jealousy in the end never has good consequences. In William Shakespeare’s play Othello many characters are consumed with the power of jealousy, which overpowers them and causes them to create tragic endings. Iago wants to destroy all the character’s lives by creating an evil plot of revenge that causes the ending to be a disastrous one. Roderigo agrees to help Iago with his plan and helps ruin Othello’s life. Othello’s jealousy overpowers him and causes him to do some things that are for the worst. Iago causes much jealousy in the play but also contains much jealously of his own. He is jealous of Cassio because he was the one who received the position of lieutenant and not Iago. Therefore Iago creates an evil plot of vengeance on Cassio and Othello for Cassio being chosen to be Othello’s lieutenant. He talks a great deal about how he plans to take revenge: “With as little a web of this will I ensure as great a fly as Cassio”?If such tricks as these strip you out of your lieutenantry” (II i 165-166, 168-170). This shows Iago is bitter about Cassio receiving the position and not him and how he plans to get revenge on Cassio and Othello by using events that cause a tragic ending. In addition to Iago, Roderigo portrays much jealousy and in the end it causes him to harm others. He would do anything to be with his love Desdemona, even emotionally or physically destroy other people. He is just like Iago; he could care less about other people’s feelings. That is why he agrees to go along with Iago’s evil plot to get revenge on Othello and Cassio; little does he know that Iago is just using him and does not plan to help him win Desdemona at all. As part of the plan to get revenge on Othello, Roderigo tells Desdemona’s father Brabantio about the marriage. He then plans to take Brabantio to Othello where Othello will be sentenced for having married Desdemona: “I think I can discover him, if you please to get good guard …


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