Revenge in Othello
Vengeance in Central to Shakespeare’s play Othello to a huge level. The whole play is formed around revenge. Iago, who is viewed as Shakespeare’s greatest villain is fueled by revenge. Iago has jealousy over Cassio’s position and has suspicions towards both Cassio and Othello of adultery with his wife Emilia. Out of revenge Iago utilizes his capability to manipulate Othello and build jealousy and suspicions within him about his other half Desdemona. This jealousy in Othello results in his revenge towards Desdemona leading to catastrophe.
Iago has a hatred over Cassio, as he was provided the promotion which he thought that he himself deserved “I know my rate, I am worth no even worse a place.” He understands he is worthy of the position over Cassio who is “Mere prattle without practice” and he dislikes Othello for offering it to Cassio “I have currently selected my officer.” To get his retribution, he covers Cassio in his vengeance plot so he can receive the title of lieutenant after his disgrace. In his plot for vengeance Iago decides he will need to side with Othello if he wants his strategy to follow through “I follow him to serve my turn upon him. This is similar to the modern term “Keep your pals close and your opponents more detailed” Which indicates to entice your enemies in and keep them uncertain of your intents, for that reason making them more vulnerable for attack or vengeance versus them. Iago’s plan of vengeance was very successful, and by doing this Iago had the ability to gain the position of lieutenant. He had the ability to predict Cassio’s weaknesses, which was his low tolerance to alcohol, which resulted in him being benched. Being a master of deception Iago was likewise able to see Othello’s weaknesses and by utilizing them he had the ability to control him into providing him the position.
This shows to a fantastic degree that the concept of revenge is central to Othello. Iago’s vengeance is likewise sustained by his suspicions towards Othello and Cassio. He believes both of them of adultery with his spouse “I do think the lusty Moor have actually jumped into my seat” and “I fear Cassio with my night-cap too.” This offers Iago the Intention for vengeance “absolutely nothing shall material my soul till I am evened with him, spouse for spouse.” He includes Irony to these declarations by specifying that “I understand not if’t hold true, yet I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety. This gives the impression from the start, that Iago is ridiculous and exceptionally paranoid, presuming with his vengeance to establish a cache of murders, simply on suspicion of adultery. His plan for vengeance is to convince Othello that Cassio has actually carried out infidelity with his partner, Desdemona. By doing so, he is able to get back at with the both of them. His intent is to “Put the Moor a minimum of into a jealousy so strong that judgment can not cure” just as the way he felt about his suspicions and jealousy about Emilia that he stated would “nibble my inwards. Iago’s suspicions create this motive for revenge which I think is a comprehensive part of the play. Iago’s anger allures Othello in a web of deceit. Iago, the master manipulator invokes suspicions in Othello about Cassio and Desdemona. Jealousy becomes Othello’s down fall which Iago uses as a tool to work with” O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed beast which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” Iago recognizes that this is his weakness. Othello allows this jealousy to gnaw at him which feeds his revenge and anger towards Desdemona.
This provides Othello the intention to kill innocent Desdemona “Yet she should die, else she’ll betray more guys” Othello’s mind is set on killing his better half after, what he believes, having an affair with Cassio. Although it discomforts him to kill her his decision will save other guys from heartbreak likewise. It is evident the degree to which Iago has actually created these suspicions which led to Othello’s hate and revenge. “Ay let her rot and die and be damned tonight, for she shall not live” Here Othello exposes his strategies to kill Desdemona tonight for her betrayal.
His strong desire to reek vengeance is clearly communicated in his word choice; “rot”, “perish”, and “damned” communicate undertones of a violent and agonizing death and the concept that she will be punished by going to Hell, enhancing the concept she is a “devil” for her cheating. Revenge shapes the play Othello, its plot and characters. Jealousy is also a big part as it fuels the vengeance in characters and creates stress and conflict. We see how revenge develops catastrophe and ruins relationships. Iago is able to run effectively in his plans, as Desdemona dies, Iago has gained his revenge from Othello.