Othello– Iago’s Causes and Impacts of Jealousy
Othello is a play about jealousy’s domino effects. Each character in the play had different factors to be jealous and each of them picked to handle it a particular method. All 3 characters Iago, Othello, and Roderigo had such cases and in the end handled different conflicts and results. It’s important to comprehend that their actions in dealing with their jealousies were a reflection of their characters, and personality. <
In the very first scene, Iago was seen in the middle of a conversation with Roderigo.
This opening scene sets forth the key elements to comprehending Iago’s basic character and the play’s conflict. The scene exposed Iago’s deep animosity towards Othello and his outlook on himself as a soldier. “And I of whom his eyes had seen the proof/ At Rhodes, at Cyprus, and on [other] premises/ Christened and heathen should be beleed and calved” (1. 1. 29). Iago specified this to Roderigo attempting to prove his worthiness and experience in comparison to Cassio, who was appointed the position Iago desired. This declaration weakens his self-esteem.
Due to the fact that of his self-indulgence, we are inclined to believe his supremacy as a warrior. Iago points out to Roderigo that Cassio, the recently appointed lieutenant, is not a true soldier. Iago states Cassio knows more “department of a fight” (1. 1. 23) than this “bookish theoric” (1. 1. 24). Additionally, there is nothing Iago can do about the situation: “there’s no remedy” (1. 1. 35). He recognizes that “preferment passes letter and affection” (1. 1. 36) and not by “old graduation” (1. 1. 37). So Iago will continue “serve” Othello, so that ultimately he can “serve [his] turn upon him (Othello)” (1. 42). As the reader, we get a specific picture of where Iago was originating from, and we were forced to sympathize Iago’s position. In order to camouflage his deep dissapointment and hide his prepare for vengeance (which was his option of action), Iago starts early in the play to strengthen his image as being an honest and loyal soldier. In Act I, Scene 2 for instance, in a little bit of spirited boasting, Iago says that “in the trade of war I have killed males,/ Yet do I hold it really stuff o’ the’ conscience/ to do contriv ‘d murder I lack injustice? (1. 2. 1-3). This was an outright lie, however he had actually come on stage with Othello and he said this for his general’s (Othello’s) advantage, posing as the rough and prepared, but excellent hearted soldier. Iago likewise conceals his contempt for Cassio because Cassio is a fellow soldier. Since Iago pretended to be something he wasn’t, throughout the play he was forced to lie consistently to everyone in his course. It is possible that Iago’s wit? cyncial though it is? saves him from being a hateful scoundrel for the whole duration of the play.