Jealousy In Act 4 Scene 5 Of Shakespeare's Othello

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In Acts four through five of Othello, Othello justifies killing Desdemona by claiming he isn’t doing because of jealousy; but for justice. In Othello’s opinion, Desdemona performed an act so foul and impure, that he couldn’t even speak of it to the stars. Also, Othello convinces himself that he must end her life before she has the opportunity to betray other men. In the beginning of Act V, scene ii, Othello states, “It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul,-- Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars!-- It is the cause. Yet I'll not shed her blood; Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow, And smooth as monumental alabaster. Yet she must die, else she'll betray more men.” (5.2.1-6) In Othello’s defense, Iago played a huge role in warping his perception of reality. Iago even instructed Othello in the manner in which he should kill his wife. Iago stated,…show more content…
Strangle her in her bed, even the bed she hath contaminated.” (4.1.226-227) After wrongfully taking the life of Desdemona, and discovering Iago’s implication in the situation, Othello is overcome with grief. Eventually, Othello takes his own life to be with his bride, and to atone for his transgressions. Throughout the play Iago’s evil personality surfaces, but I feel his cruelest moment took place after Othello murdered Desdemona. Iago never really had a reason to want to eliminate Othello, besides the presumed adultery between Othello and Emilia. When Othello asked why he went to such lengths to destroy him, Iago responded, “Demand me nothing. What you know, you

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