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Dr. Leiby English 1B 24 April 2007 Analysis Paper 2: Final Draft Iago’s Green Ally The effects of the green monster, jealousy, can be drastic, and destructive on love, friendship, but mostly life. It is Iago's jealousy, which is the driving force of the play. He was prejudice towards the African American, Othello, to whom he held a lower military position. Iago welcomes the green monster with his arms wide open. Iago's jealousy enables him to provoke jealousy and hatred in others. This jealousy is the key to the control of Iago’s brilliant deception. The origins of Iago’s jealousy are never clear throughout the play. One of course is that he is a ngered that Cassio has been appointed Othello’s lieutenant, a post Iago desired. “One Michael Cassio, a Florentine (A fellow almost damn’d in a fair wife) The never set a squadron in the field, Nor the division of a battle knows… But he, sir, had th’ election;” (1.1.20-27) Iago also has inner hatred for Othello’s ability to persuade the young, especially Desdemona. He has little support for the relationship between the old moor, and the young beauty. “It cannot be long that Desdemona should continue her love to the Moor…nor he his to her” (1.3.341-344).
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By the end of the first act, Iago’s love for evil is revealed. “Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against him. If thou canst cuckold him, thou dost thyself a pleasure, me a sport” (1.3.367-369). Evaluating Iago’s actions throughout the play, though, lead the reader to believe that Iago takes plain joy in masterminding deception and destruction. Iago’s jealousy and hatred lead him to lure others into his malevolent plans. Cassio,
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