Drama and Acting
William Shakespeare
The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

Why is jealousy important in Othello the play?


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2011-10-20 01:04:48
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Jealousy is the reason for all the misery in the story. The characters Roderigo and Iago, who are jealous of Othello and Cassio, start the whole chain of events that eventually leads to the death of almost every character. In short, without jealousy, the series of tragedies that occured would not have happened.

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Othello is a stage play in the form of a tragedy in which a good man falls to ruin after an evil man inflames him with jealousy.

There are a lot of themes in Othello, such as revenge, duality, jealousy, etc.

In the play Othello, many of the characters fall victim to jealousy, causing them to do things they wouldn't normally do. Iago, Emilia, Bianca, Roderigo and Othello all display jealousy throughout the play, though each finds resolution in a different way. Iago displays jealousy from the very beginning of the play. His jealousy quickly spawns thoughts of revenge, and he soon develops a plan to achieve revenge on those he feels have wronged him. From the start of the play, Iago expresses his jealousy of both Cassio and Othello. He is jealous of Cassio for securing the job of lieutenant Iago feels he deserved, and jealous of Othello not only from the promotion of Cassio, but also from his belief that Othello has slept with Emilia. Iago expresses "It is thought abroad that 'twixt my sheets / He has done my office" This insecurity and jealousy he feels leads him to commit acts of revenge. As he becomes fixed on the idea of revenge, Iago speaks in a soliloquy he will not be satisfied "Till I am evend with him, wife for wife, /Or failing so, yet that I put the Moor / At least into a jealousy so strong / That judgment cannot cure"

No, Othello is a fictional character. Shakespeare simply wrote the play to entertain, and entertain it did. It deals with love, hate, jealousy, racism, authority, headship, murder, deceit etc.

His mistrust in his power to command devotion and jealousy.

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".

There are no examples of jealousy in Romeo and Juliet. You need to read Othello instead.

Jealousy. Another theme is honesty and dishonesty.

Othello was the play written by William Shakespeare. Othello was a Moor.

Because Othello is unsure of Desdemona's actions. He is afraid of losing Desdemona to Cassio.

Hamartia is a fatal flaw in a character, usually a hero/heroine. An example of hamartia would be Othello's jealousy in the Shakespearean play Othello.

Iago is obviously the villain, but if Othello had not been susceptible to Iago's lies because of jealousy, they would have had no effect.

Desdemona slept with Othello in the play. And despite what Othello thought, he was the only guy she slept with.

Iago manipulates all the characters in Othello out of jealousy.

You are I am sure thinking of Othello, who was driven insane with jealousy by a guy he thought was his friend, but who was really trying to destroy him. As a result Othello killed his wife. A couple of other guys in different Shakespeare plays tried to kill their wives out of jealousy, but failed (The plays are The Winter's Tale and Cymbeline). And there is another play where a guy was driven insanely jealous of his wife and who publicly (at their wedding no less) accused her of sleeping around and walked out. It was later reported to him that she had died of grief (This play is called Much Ado About Nothing).

Race plays some part in Othello, but not, perhaps, as much as you think. Desdemona's father does not have a problem with her marrying Othello. Nor is Iago's jealousy based on color, but rather that Othello is favored over him. Where race does seem to come into play, although perhaps it is just part of Othello's being a warrior/general, is when he murders Desdemona rather than letting her explain how Iago came to have her handkerchief.

the play, Othello, was/is very successful

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


It's about love, faithfulness, jealousy, manipulation, race relations and reputation.

They are married. It would be hard to have a story about marital jealousy if they weren't.

Authorize means to approve or empower. Shakespeare did not approve or empower a play called Othello. He did, however, write a play called Othello.

It's a play, not a book. It was not written to be read, but to be watched. The main characters in Othello are Othello, Iago, and Desdemona. Cassio and Emilia are also important to the plot, but are supporting roles.

Othello is the protagonist and title character of the play.

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