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Two of the main themes in Othello seem to be suspicion and envy these factors combined lead to the downfall of not only Othello but also Iago We learn how envy appears to destroy Othello we see how Iago brings on this envy through the deception of Othello Shakespeare constantly emphasizes and repeats the line Honest Iago it creates such a feeling of frustration in the audience Furthermore one can see how Iagos envy grows throughout the play due to the promotion of Cassio to lieutenant To explore the themes fully we must look at each character and the way they act toward others Othello for example harbours mainly suspicion but also envy toward Cassio Suspicion toward Cassio later on as the play develops due to the interference of Iago in convincing him that Cassio is sleeping with his woman Othellos nature is actually a very trusting one take his relationship with Iago for example he becomes suspicious through Iagos convincing theories about Desdemona and Cassio Othello is an example of how suspicion can corrupt a person Through almost no concrete evidence Iago has made Othello kill his own wife because of envy Iagos envy In the beginning of the text Iago is known as honest Iago however throughout the play he constantly lies and schemes plans to get at Othello One cannot entirely blame Iago for Othellos doings Othello never really questions Iago he accepts it as if expecting it his constant suspicions blind him to what Iago is really doing Othellos envious state at the point when Iago speaks of Cassio and Desdemona together we really see Othello opened up he is enraged with envy and jealousy Lie with her Lie on her We say lie on her when they belie her Lie with her Zounds thats fulsome Handkerchief confessions handkerchief To confess and be hanged for his labor first to be hanged and then to confess I tremble at it Nature would
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