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Throughout Shakespeares Othello the major theme of jealousy is apparent According to Microsoft Bookshelf jealousy by definition means resentful or bitter in rivalry The tragedy Othello focuses on the doom of Othello and the other major characters as a result of jealousy The theme of jealousy is prominent throughout the play as it motivates the characters actions In Shakespeares Othello jealousy is portrayed through the major characters of Iago and Othello It utterly corrupts their lives because it causes Iago to show his true self which in turn triggers Othello to undergo an absolute conversion that destroys the lives of their friends Iago most honest I iii 7 in the eyes of his companions is in fact truly the opposite His feelings of jealousy uncovers his actual self DR Godfrey concludes this after hearing Iago state that he ha lookd upon the world for four times seven years I iii 311-2 In his essay Godfrey explains that Iago has arrived at one of the great seven yearcritical stages 421 of his life causing him to become jealous embittered and vengeful 421 Iagos dupe Roderigo is the only person in fact to know this previously Iago tells Roderigo that he is not what he is I i 69 He possesses this jealousy because he is distressed that Othello chose Michael Cassio a valiant II i 98 Florentinearithmetician I i 19-20 over himself for the position of lieutenancy Jealousy divorces Iagofrom rationality Godfrey states 418 This loss of rational causes Iago to make a life of jealousy III iii 204 and plots to destroy Othello Although Iago has a reputation of being full of love and honesty III iii 138 he is responsible for destroying many lives and is considered perhaps one of the most villainous characters in all literature Godfrey 422 Iago alludes to Othello that his wife Desdemona has been unfaithful with Cassio Iago initially intends to hurt Othello and make him regret appointing Cassio
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