Revenge in Othello
Revenge in Central to Shakespeare’s play Othello to a large degree. The whole play is formed around vengeance. Iago, who is seen as Shakespeare’s greatest bad guy 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 better half Desdemona. This jealousy in Othello causes his vengeance towards Desdemona resulting in catastrophe.
Iago has a hatred over Cassio, as he was offered the promotion which he thought that he himself should have “I know my price, I deserve no even worse a location.” He knows he deserves the position over Cassio who is “Simple prattle without practice” and he despises Othello for giving it to Cassio “I have already chose 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 desires his strategy to follow through “I follow him to serve my turn upon him. This resembles the modern-day term “Keep your pals close and your opponents closer” Which suggests to tempt your enemies in and keep them unsure of your intentions, therefore making them more vulnerable for attack or revenge versus them. Iago’s plan of vengeance was very effective, and by doing this Iago was able to acquire the position of lieutenant. He was able to foresee Cassio’s weak points, which was his low tolerance to alcohol, which resulted in him being demoted. Being a master of deceptiveness Iago was likewise able to see Othello’s weak points and by utilizing them he was able to manipulate him into offering him the position.
This proves to a fantastic degree that the idea of vengeance is main to Othello. Iago’s vengeance is likewise sustained by his suspicions towards Othello and Cassio. He believes both of them of infidelity with his better half “I do presume the lusty Moor have actually jumped into my seat” and “I fear Cassio with my night-cap too.” This gives Iago the Intention for vengeance “absolutely nothing shall material my soul till I am evened with him, better half for partner.” He includes Paradox to these statements by specifying that “I understand not if’t be true, yet I, for simple suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety. This gives the impression from the beginning, that Iago is insane and exceedingly paranoid, going so far with his revenge to set up a cache of murders, just on suspicion of infidelity. His plan for vengeance is to convince Othello that Cassio has carried out adultery with his partner, Desdemona. By doing so, he is able to get even with the both of them. His objective is to “Put the Moor at least into a jealousy so strong that judgment can not cure” simply as the way he felt about his suspicions and jealousy about Emilia that he stated would “chomp my inwards. Iago’s suspicions develop this motive for revenge which I think is a substantial 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 ends up being Othello’s down fall which Iago utilizes 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 upon.” Iago acknowledges that this is his weakness. Othello allows this jealousy to gnaw at him which feeds his vengeance and anger towards Desdemona.
This gives Othello the motive to eliminate innocent Desdemona “Yet she need to die, else she’ll betray more males” Othello’s mind is set on eliminating his other half after, what he believes, having an affair with Cassio. Although it discomforts him to kill her his choice will save other men from heartbreak also. It is evident the level to which Iago has actually created these suspicions which caused Othello’s hate and vengeance. “Ay let her rot and die and be damned this evening, for she will not live” Here Othello reveals his strategies to kill Desdemona tonight for her betrayal.
His strong desire to reek revenge is plainly conveyed in his word option; “rot”, “die”, and “damned” convey undertones of a violent and uncomfortable death and the concept that she will be penalized by going to Hell, strengthening the concept she is a “devil” for her extramarital relations. Vengeance shapes the play Othello, its plot and characters. Jealousy is also a big part as it fuels the vengeance in characters and creates tension and conflict. We see how revenge creates tragedy and destroys relationships. Iago has the ability to run successfully in his plans, as Desdemona dies, Iago has gained his revenge from Othello.