William Shakespeare
The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

Is jealousy really a green-eyed monster in Shakespeare's Othello?


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2010-03-15 13:24:44
2010-03-15 13:24:44

Do you mean to ask if there's literally a green-eyed monster in Othello? If that's what you're asking, then no.

The "green-eyed monster" refers to the popular saying which says a persons eyes "turn green" when filled with the feeling of jealousy. One of the main themes in Othello is jealousy, along with deceit and betrayal. There is no physical green-eyed monster in Othello.

I don't know what you where expecting but the answer is simply an emotion, jealousy used in the term as " i see the green eyed monster" green being a negative colour to other people

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Oh beware, my lord, of jealousy It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on

It is actually from Shakespeare's play Othello. It is said by Iago to Othello and describes how jealously can consume a person by personifying jealousy. It was a also the first time green eyes were associated with jealousy and gave us the famous saying "green-eyed monster".

No, it is thy serpentine crossed with a lions body stabbed through the heart with a 11'' dagger with a diamond encrusted hilt.

Jealousy is like a green eyed monster.

Other names for "green-eyed monster" : "envy" and/or "jealousy" The green eyed monster is just a way of saying jealousy of most of the time, a rival.

Iago tells Othello to beware of jealousy, the "green-eyed monster which doth mock/ The meat it feeds on" (III.iii.170-171). Likewise, Emilia describes jealousy as dangerously and uncannily self-generating, a "monster / Begot upon itself, born on itself" (III.iv.156-157). Imagery of hell and damnation also recurs throughout Othello, especially toward the end of the play, when Othello becomes preoccupied with the religious and moral judgment of Desdemona and himself. After he has learned the truth about Iago, Othello calls Iago a devil and a demon several times in Act V, scene ii. Othello's earlier allusion to "some monster in [his] thought" ironically refers to Iago (III.iii.111). Likewise, his vision of Desdemona's betrayal is "monstrous, monstrous!" (III.iii.431). Shortly before he kills himself, Othello wishes for eternal spiritual and physical torture in hell, crying out, "Whip me, ye devils, / . . . / . . . roast me in sulphur, / Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire!" (V.ii.284-287). The imagery of the monstrous and diabolical takes over where the imagery of animals can go no further, presenting the jealousy-crazed characters not simply as brutish, but as grotesque, deformed, and demonic.

Iago is telling Othello to beware of his jealousy (the green-eyed monster) because it messes with your mind (your imagination being the "meat" that feeds jealously until it ruins the jealous man). As it does in Othello. Literally, the image is of someone who is gobbling down food while complaining bitterly about it. In the same way jealousy takes your love and makes you hate the object of your love by fanning suspicions of wrongdoing.

I believe you are thinking of green-eyed monster, which is a symbol for jealousy.

It was used in Shakespeare's Othello 'Beware of jealousy it is a green eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on'. This is thought to be a reference to cats teasing their prey. Envy is a sick and green emotion, we are red when angry, brown when sun burnt and black when dead

The best idiom for jealousy is "the green-eyed monster." Saying this means that someone is jealous of something. You don't actually call the person a monster, though. You say "He was in the grips of the green-eyed monster," or "She felt the green-eyed monster taking over." It is as though jealousy is a separate thing from the person.

yes, that's where we get the term green-eyed monster.

One could be a metaphor, for example referring to jealousy as "a green-eyed monster".

You self-cogitate the reason why you're jealous first. You then rationalize if a corrective measure is obtainable to have the article the jealousy is generating. If that is unattainable, then a rationable measure is made to reduce the jealousy by replacing the article with a like item or an improved item will eliminate the jealousy. Normally, after self-cognitation, the jealousy is revealed not worth the time to be invidious at all. First of all, jealousy is only an ugly monster, which you can defeat with no doubt. Think of reasons of why you are jealous, but NEVER wish horrible things for the person you are jealous of. Always pray for them, and also yourself, and hopefully, after that your jealousy battle will be defeated...

In Othello, Shakespeare alludes to cats as green-eyed monsters in the way that they play with mice before killing them. Iago: 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 Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger; But, O, what damned minutes tells he o'er Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves! But no green-eyed monster ever made any physical appearance in anything from Shakespeare!

This phrase means to be jealous. The origin of the phrase is supposedly; 'Green' and 'pale' were different meanings of the same Greek word. In the seventh century B.C., the poetess Sappho, used the word 'green' to describe the complexion of a stricken lover. The Greeks believed that jealousy was accompanied by an overproduction of bile, giving a pallid green appearance to the victim. Ovid, Chaucer, and Shakespeare did the same, freely using 'green' to denote jealousy or envy. Maybe the most famous use is Iago's speech in Act 3 of Othello: O! beware my lord, of Jealousy; It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.

This must be Act III Scene 4, the only Scene 4 in Othello. In this scene Desdemona is much troubled by Othello's changed behaviour and obsession with the missing handkerchief, the loss of which she cannot account for. In speaking to Cassio, she admits that she is not having much luck persuading Othello to reinstate him, but she says she will continue to try. "What I can do I will, and more I will than for myself I dare; let that suffice you." She does not really express any hope of success, and is in fact pessimistic about it. She does express one hope: when Emilia says that she thinks Othello is jealous, Desdemona prays "Heaven keep that monster (jealousy) from Othello's mind!" It's too late; his mind has already been infected.

Someone described as green, idiomatically, means envious, jealous.There is not a common English phrase "green eyes" - perhaps you mean "green-eyed monster" which does mean jealousy.

No idioms are real -- the definition of an idiom is a phrase that makes no sense if read literally. Some examples: "green eyed monster" for jealousy, "on pins and needles" for anxious -- there is no real "green eyed monster" nor is anyone actually standing or sitting on pins and needles.

Shakespeare's plays rely largely on irony. There are three kinds of irony presented in this novel. They are: situational, verbal, and dramatic. Irony plays an important role in Othello. It creates suspense, and adds interest to the story. There are many examples of situational irony in this play. Cassio was the one Iago wanted dead or out of his position. At the end of the play, Cassio was the only one that did not die and Othello actually promoted him to a higher position. In the end Iago never accomplishes what he started to do-- to get back at Othello and take Cassio's place. Both Othello and Iago treat their wives horribly. Both killed their wives even through their innocence. Iago killed his wife because she was working against his plan. Othello killed his wife because he thought she cheated on him when she really didn't. Before he killed her, Iago used his wife in a way that helped him to betray Othello. She was a good friend of Desdemona's and she worked against her friend without knowing it. She took Desdemona's handkerchief because Iago said he wanted it. Iago then placed the handkerchief in Cassio's room to make him look guilty. Also, throughout the play, it seemed that Othello was the only one who didn't know the truth. Shakespeare uses situational irony well to make the story more interesting. The verbal irony in this novel can sometimes be humorous because of how ironic it is. Othello often said things that were actually the opposite of Iago: "O, thou art wise! 'Tis certain"(IV.I.87), "Honest Iago . . . "(V.II.88), (II.III.179) & (I.III.319), "I know, Iago, Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter"(II.III.251-52). These lines are just a few of the ironic that Othello says to Iago. They show the trust that Othello mistakenly puts in his "best friend." Most things Iago says are ironic and he's always lying. Othello still considered him his best friend but Iago was the only one Othello trusted although he was constantly lying. He says, "My lord, you know I love you"(III.III.136). This is a blatant lie - Iago does and would do anything to make "his lord's" life miserable. He does not love Othello. One line that Iago says is very ironic in several ways. He says, "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on"(III.III.192). This line covers many things because jealousy is the reason Iago is betraying Othell o and ruining everyone else's lives in the first place. Also, jealousy is what causes Othello to eventually kill his wife. Just a short sidenote, the metaphor coined by Shakespear of jealousy being a "green-eyed monster" is very famous and a very well written phrase. Early in the play, Desdemona's father says to Othello, "Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father, and may thee"(I.III.317). This is not good for Othello to hear. This just helps to enforce what Iago is trying to him to believe about Desdemona cheating on him. There are many examples of verbal irony in Othello that add humor to the story and makes it more interesting to read(or watch). Dramatic irony plays an important role in captivating the audience. Dramatic irony makes parts of a story more interesting for the audience to know something the characters don't. The strongest piece of dramatic irony which plays out throughout the story is the fact that the reader/veiwer knows that Desdemona is innocent. Along with this, the audience also knows that Iago is really crooked. The reader knows all of Iago's schemes and lies. Othello knows none of these things. He believes that Iago is honest and that his wife is guilty of adultery. More instances of dramatic irony show up as characters think aloud to the audience through asides. Then, the audience knows what is going on when most characters don't. Dramatic irony is exciting and it makes the reader feel like part of the story. Throughout the play, Shakespear uses irony to add humor, suspense, and just to make it more enjoyable. The three different kinds of irony; situational, verbal and dramatic, all make the play a classical Shakespeare play.

- Break the ice (The Taming of the Shrew)- Come what come may ("come what may") (Macbeth)- Dead as a doornail (2 Henry VI)- Eaten me out of house and home (2 Henry IV)- Jealousy is the green-eyed monster (Othello)- Heart of gold (Henry V)- In a pickle (The Tempest)- In my heart of hearts (Hamlet)- In my mind's eye (Hamlet)- Lie low (Much Ado about Nothing)- Neither rhyme nor reason (As You Like It)- Own flesh and blood (Hamlet)- Something wicked this way comes (Macbeth)- Such stuff as dreams are made on (The Tempest)- Wear my heart upon my sleeve (Othello)- Wild-goose chase (Romeo and Juliet)

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