Jealousy and Ambition in Othello
One of the primary elements checked out through Shakespeare’s Othello are the extreme relationships which exist through human worths such as jealousy and aspiration. The method these themes are utilized to drive the plot forward and offer purpose to the interactions at the core of the play enable Othello to resonate even with contemporary society. Practically every character is deeply involved with another, producing a web of both lies and betrayal; two such relationships are those between Othello and Desdemona, and of course, between Iago and Othello.
Regardless of the relationship having completely different characteristics, they remain essential to the effectiveness of the production itself. Desdemona and Othello are deeply in love with each other; that much is obvious. It is likewise a forbidden relationship, nevertheless, since the former is the child of a Venetian senator and the latter is a “black ram”, an aging Moorish General within the Venetian army with little experience when it pertains to love. He is therefore vulnerable to ambitious men of lower rank such as his ensign Iago, who exploits Othello’s marriage with the “housemaid so tender, fair and happy” that is Desdemona.
The seeds of jealousy and ultimately his failure, planted through the possibility of Cassio as Desdemona’s adulterer, are hence nurtured through Othello’s inability complex. The play utilizes this jealousy as one of the concepts which comes up with Othello’s anger and sadness, and by doing so reveals viewers that the loving relationship in between Othello and Desdemona, something so commonly seen in all societies, may be something delicate and even shallow, something easily ruined by the presumptions of desire between her and Cassio.
The relationship between the two might likewise be one not only of lust and love, but a relationship reflecting the way in which women were viewed in an Elizabethan context. Othello opposes himself by ironically saying that he was “one that enjoyed not wisely, however too well” regardless of having actually doubted and eliminated his spouse, mentioning how Shakespeare uses Desdemona as a sign for Othello’s pride and, likewise, how Othello himself may be basing his self-worth on the fidelity of his spouse.
This is further supported when Brabantio states “O thou nasty burglar, where hast thou stow ‘d my daughter”, in which Othello is revealed as a thief, however more notably, Desdemona is viewed as home which may be stolen. Although this idea has lost prominence in contemporary society, where sexism is towered above, it is still one which provokes the interest of the audience and one which, eventually, triggers us to look beyond the surface of such relationships. Iago is the other character with whom Othello has an extreme relationship.
This is not one of romance though, but instead seems to be among sociability to the other characters. The first scene already defies this though, when Iago utilizes simile to state that “I do dislike him as I do hell’s pains”, showing Roderigo and, more notably, the audience the method which the play will veer towards. The facade utilized to conceal this is altered time and again, however, as their currently complicated relationship morphs with each of Iago’s lies. Ultimately leading to Othello’s and his own failure, the audience presumes that Iago has stopped working in taking over Othello’s position in the military, his goal from the start.
But this is where the intricacy of the their relationship begins, since if one looks closely, Iago reveals no direct inspiration for such feel bitter towards any person. This is displayed in his inconsistency when he accuses “the lusty Moor” of having “leap ‘d into my seat”, in which ‘jumping into his seat’ is a metaphor for sleeping with Emilia, regardless of also stating his reason was that Othello had actually “done my workplace”, or given his position away to Cassio. Othello himself, being insecure, paradoxically doubts the wrong people, nearly never suspecting Iago.
This demonstrates how jealousy, or “the green eyed monster that doth mock the meat it eats”, blinds him, and controls his interactions with other characters simply as Iago manages his jealousy. As said in the past, the relationships Othello has with Desdemona and Iago have totally different dynamics. While the treatment of Desdemona symbolizes Othello’s honour, Iago might simply as most likely be a device used to express the jealousy within man no matter how effective they might appear to be.
Any audience can connect to this, and thus he might merely be an antagonist Shakespeare utilizes to drive the plot forward. This idea may likewise be the reason for his disparity in his inhumane acts of deceit; it is nonetheless his specific relationships with the other characters which makes Othello so popular not only for Elizabethan society, however likewise for modern audiences such as ourselves.