Anger in Othello

In the play Othello, the most strong emotion is anger. This emotion assists to establish the plot, as it plays a important role. Three characters that it impacts in the play are Othello, Iago and Roderigo. All the characters vent their anger by means of violence and confrontations.

Othello vents most of his anger by smothering Desdemona to death when she is on her deathbed. His anger gradually built up through the play, due to Iago falsely convincing him that Cassio and Desdemona are obtaining an affair. It all begins when Othello sees Cassio and Desdemona together and Iago begins hinting at the possibility of an affair without the need of actually coming out and saying it. “O beware, my lord, of jealousy! / It is the green-eyes monster, which doth mock / The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss / Who, particular of his fate, loves not his wronger…” (3.three.163-166). In this quote, Iago is telling Othello not be jealous of Desdemona, on the other hand in reality, he does want him to be jealous. The notion of jealousy likely wouldn’t have entered his thoughts if it were not for Iago saying that. Iago also brings up the concept of Desdemona cheating on him here. He mentions cuckold, which signifies a man cheated sexually by his wife. Later on, Iago continues to torment Othello about Desdemona and Cassio. “Lie with her? Lie on her? We say lie on her when they / belie her. Lie with her? Zounds, that is fulsome! … It is not words that shakes me as a result! Pish! / Noses, ears, and lips! Is’t possible? – Confess? / Handkerchief! O devil” (4.1.35-36,41-43)! This shows that Othello is becoming absolutely overwhelmed by his passion and is having quite angry with Cassio and Desdemona. In the end, Othello becomes entirely outraged and murders Desdemona by smothering her with a pillow. He also goes on to kill himself. Hence, his anger is vented through violence.

Iago’s anger leads to jealousy which leads to him corrupting Othello’s mind for his own individual acquire. Iago loved Desdemona, but Othello and her were already married, which produced a issue for him, that he believed he could overcome. He believed that Othello and Desdemona should not be married and that he should be the one particular married to Desdemona. This also leads him to hate Othello (1.three.376-397). This hatred and anger towards Othello causes him to falsely convince Othello that Cassio…

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