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The play Othello exemplifies the themes of jealousy and chicanery The play begins when Othello a general in the Venetian army has angered Iago a member of the army by appointing Cassio another army officer to the lieutenant position Iago feels that he is more deserving of the promotion than Cassio and decides that he will stop at nothing to get back at both Othello and Cassio Iago decides that he will get revenge on Othello by using his wife Desdemona O beware my lord of jealousy It is a greeneyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on That cuckold lives in bliss who certain of his fate loves not his wrongeryet fondly loves 33165 Foolishly Othello believes Iago and accuses Desdemona of being unchaste Othello kills Desdemona because he is concerned about the affect that Desdemonass unfaithfulness will have on his reputation Othello ingenuous nature allows him to be lured in by Iagos lies He never considers that Iago could in fact be lying to him which would be quite possible because he could have anger towards Othello Villain be sure thou prove my love a whore Be sure of it give me ocular proof or by the worth of mine eternal soul thou hadst been better been born a dog than answer my waked wrath 33356 The only evidence that Desdemona could be having an affair is a missing handkerchief Othello bases his reasoning on merely the missing handkerchief which leads him to believe that Desdemona has been lying to him If Othello really believed that Desdemona was an honest person he would have disregarded Iagos comments However Othello more concerned with his own reputation allows Iagos lies to control him until finally he decides that the only way to redeem his reputation is to kill Desdemona By heaven I saw my handkerchief ins hand O perjured woman thou dost stone my heart and makst me call what I intend to
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