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The Green-Eyed Monster Essay

  • Submitted by: hillcrest07
  • on January 6, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 921 words

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Margaret Atwood said that “You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself” perhaps inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, we see that this quote captures the essence of his tragedy Othello.   In this play Shakespeare’s brilliance with the quill manifests into themes that reveal the most primitive emotions of the human soul.   Shakespeare actualizes the theme of jealousy in the form of a “green-eyed monster” inside of each of us.   Most of all in his two main characters, Iago and Othello, we see how the monster reacts with their minds, bodies and souls.   Through the rich pages of Othello Shakespeare makes it palpable through his characters Iago and Othello that the green eyed monster destroys the heart, mind and hand.
Othello develops in a negative way throughout the play.   We see that he is a slave to his own jealousy and that he has become a completely different man, a man through which his jealousy robs him of everything.   The “green-eyed monster” corrodes his mind and eventually drives him to the point of insanity. Mere minutes after Iago feeds the jealousy in Othello’s mind he is already questioning his marriage. This is seen when Othello says “why did I marry?” (3:3:383) despite their intense love and his adamance that she was faithful.   Like steel, Othello is strong but when he is immersed in constant suspicion and jealousy his mind and thoughts become corroded and weak; similar to when steel rusts it also loses its strength.   In this state of mental meekness he convinces himself that there is no way that Desdemona is faithful, and in his lack of mental strength he kills his own heart.   This is displayed when he murders Desdemona with his own two hands.   Since falling in love with Desdemona his heart is no longer his own but that of his lover, thus in killing her he murders his own heart and the essence of his soul.   Lastly the monster takes last of what is left of the once righteous, loving and powerful Moor;...

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