Othello by William Shakespeare is one of the most well-known literary explorations of the concepts of suspicion and jealousy. The main character kills his beloved wife and commits a suicide, being guided by his passions, the most essential of which is the green-eyed monster of jealousy.
Iago describes Othello as a person who can never be angry even at the most crucial moments. He is capable of silencing the brawl between the Brabantio’s and his own attendants in a few words. He tries to understand the reasons of fight between Montano and Cassio and shows striking self-control and self-possession. However, when he is moved by jealousy, he is not observant or reflective at all; he is so full of passion that he loses his self-control.Â
Â Othello has fallen prey to his own jealousy which makes him act like an insane. He loses the ability to be reasonable; anger surges up within him. The first seed of doubt in the marital fidelity of his wife Desdemona is planted by Brabantio, when he tells Othello that the woman who deceived her father could easily do the same to him. Then, Iago has the chance to use this early grain of doubt in order to gain the result he wanted so much.
Jealousy nature plays a mean trick on Othello. He categorically denies his passion, saying that he has to see the proofs before he believes in something. However, he is obsessed with his idea of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness. Getting to know that Desdemona has lost her handkerchief, Othello is so prone to jealousy that it turns into anger and even rage. The final proof of Iago cannot be defined as credible, but Othello is so blind with rage and jealousy that he does not make an appropriate assessment of the situation. He perceives a mere loss of the handkerchief as an undeniable proof and there is nothing that could over-persuade him.
Being a strong, confident and respectful general, Othello loses the battle against himself. He is the only person to be blamed for all his troubles. Iago’s mean plan would never be successful if his intrigues and wicked intentions did not fall on the fertile ground. Othello describes himself as not jealous, but perplexed in the extreme personality. He is so open to deception and prone to jealousy that he acts without delay. He is not subject to any hesitation. Love to him is the heaven where he must live or bear no life. He is driven by his passion which seizes him. That is the reason of his tragedy. His trust is absolute and his actions are too instant.
In the end, Othello tells his dead wife that he had kissed her before he murdered her. Before Othello commits a suicide, he admits that his jealousy killed Desdemona. If he did not love her, she would not die. Finally, he kills the only person he could not conquer: himself. He is not strong enough to prevent his passions and jealousy from governing him.
Alongside trusting wrong people, jealousy was the cause of all Othello’s troubles. It is such a strong emotion that it can result in destructive consequences; it destroys relationships or even puts the lives of other people at hazard. This green-eyed monster violates the concept of trust, love and loyalty. The human nature does not change within centuries. For over hundreds of years, the tragedy of Othello has captivated readers and theater audience. It teaches them to resist negative feelings and trust people they love. Â