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 chose to deal with it a certain method. All three characters Iago, Othello, and Roderigo had such cases and in the end dealt with different conflicts and outcomes. It is essential to understand that their actions in dealing with their jealousies were a reflection of their characters, and persona. <
In the first scene, Iago was seen in the middle of a conversation with Roderigo.
This opening scene states the crucial elements to understanding Iago’s basic character and the play’s dispute. The scene revealed Iago’s deep bitterness towards Othello and his outlook on himself as a soldier. “And I of whom his eyes had actually seen the evidence/ At Rhodes, at Cyprus, and on [other] premises/ Christened and heathen must be beleed and calved” (1. 1. 29). Iago stated this to Roderigo attempting to prove his worthiness and experience in contrast to Cassio, who was appointed the position Iago wanted. This declaration weakens his self-esteem.
Due to the fact that of his debauchery, we are inclined to believe his superiority as a warrior. Iago points out to Roderigo that Cassio, the freshly designated lieutenant, is not a true soldier. Iago says Cassio knows more “division of a fight” (1. 1. 23) than this “bookish theoric” (1. 1. 24). Additionally, there is nothing Iago can do about the circumstance: “there’s no solution” (1. 1. 35). He realizes 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 photo of where Iago was coming from, and we were forced to have compassion Iago’s position. In order to camouflage his deep dissapointment and hide his plans for revenge (which was his option of action), Iago begins early in the play to strengthen his image as being a sincere and faithful soldier. In Act I, Scene 2 for instance, in a little spirited boasting, Iago says that “in the trade of war I have slain men,/ Yet do I hold it extremely stuff o’ the’ conscience/ to do contriv ‘d murder I lack injustice? (1. 2. 1-3). This was an outright lie, but he had actually come on phase with Othello and he said this for his general’s (Othello’s) benefit, posing as the rough and prepared, but great hearted soldier. Iago likewise hides his contempt for Cassio since Cassio is a fellow soldier. Because Iago pretended to be something he wasn’t, throughout the play he was forced to lie repeatedly to everyone in his course. It is possible that Iago’s wit? cyncial though it is? saves him from being a despiteful scoundrel for the whole duration of the play.