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The Theme of Revenge in Othello Revenge is a constant theme throughout the play Othello It is portrayed through the character Iago Iago is determined to destroy Othello and his loved ones This retribution is a result of Othello promoting Cassio to the position of lieutenant The theme of revenge is the motivation of Iagos hatred toward Othello In the beginning of the play Iago feels betrayed by his good friend Othello Through many years of loyalty and service Iago is in personal suit to make himself Othellos lieutenant39 When Othello has to choose his lieutenant he appoints Cassio Iago feels hurt and betrayed and realizes there is no remedy40 except for revenge He hates the Moor 63 and comes to the conclusion that nothing can or shall content his soul till he is evened with Othello 76 In an attempt for revenge Iago publically humiliates Brabantio at Othellos expense In the middle of the night Iago calls outside Brabantios house to inform him that his daughter Desdemona has run away and eloped with Othello Coming from two different backgrounds Desdemonas father takes offense to their interracial marriage This demeans Othello and causes him to prove to Brabantio that he did not use any witchcraft or black magic to win Desdemonas heart When Desdemona professes her true love for Othello her father disowns her Iagos first attempt to destroy Othello is successful yet he still craves revenge He devises a plan to destroy Othello He wants to make Othello believe that Cassio is having an affair with his wife Desdemona This will cause Othello to regret appointing Cassio as his lieutenant and simultaneously destroy Othellos life He knows that he must bring this monstrous birth to the worlds light64 if he wants to avenge Othellos betrayal Iago is successful in convincing Othello that his wife is unfaithful Outraged Othello murders Desdemona Immediately
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