Othello Response 6 In the play Othello, Shakespeare conveys the idea that when jealousy and revenge invades an individual, it devours one mental capability to think properly which leads to an individual’s downfall and destruction which could affect others. I believe that this theme encompasses the whole play for numerous reasons. First, taking the example of the tragic hero, Othello, he became envious of an “allegedly” intimate relationship between Cassio and Desdemona which signals for us readers that instead of critically thinking about the accusation, he lets his heart take over the situation which leads him to extreme madness and vengeance. Secondly, the “villain” Iago let his jealousy towards Cassio and hates for Othello a motive to destroy both of them which at the end turn out to be his destruction as well. Lastly, as a result of jealousy and revenge, Othello became remorseful of what he had done and in order to restore his honor and glory, he stabs himself to put everything into proper orders.
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