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Othello O beware my lord of jealousy It is the green-eyd 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 oer Who dotes yet doubts suspects yet soundly loves This is what Iago tells Othello as if he is a concerned friend warning Othello that his wife has betrayed him He continues to tell Othello of how he suspects Desdemona Othellos wife of adultery with Cassio Othellos lieutenant He does this so that Iago himself can up his military prestige by taking on Cassios role as lieutenant He whispers deceit in Othellos ear until Othello becomes so convinced of Desdemonas guilt that he kills her This characterization of Iago and Othello promote amongst others the themes of jealousy and deception in William Shakespeares tragic play Othello Iago is characterized as one of Shakespeares most treacherous villains He is very quick with his tongue and so easily convinces many of the other characters to do his bidding of which Roderigo is a perfect example When Cassio was promoted as Othellos lieutenant Iago immediately became jealous of him In Iagos view Iago himself should have received that promotion after all Cassio had no battle experience as Iago did although he had studied for it It is this jealousy that brings out Iagos treachery and makes him determined to do anything in order to gain a higher military position He tells us Others there are Who trimmed in forms and visages of duty Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves And throwing but shows of service on their lords Do well thrive by them and when they have lined their coats Do themselves homage Iago says this as if criticizing those who do such things while in actual fact he is describing himself His jealousy unbeknown to him leads he down the pathway to destruction
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