Othello - Anger In The Play Essay

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Othello - Anger In The Play

In the play Othello, the most powerful emotion is anger. This emotion helps to establish
the plot, as it plays a vital role. Three characters that it affects in the play are
Othello, Iago and Roderigo. All the characters vent their anger through violence and

Othello vents most of his anger by smothering Desdemona to death when she is on her
deathbed. His anger slowly built up during the play, due to Iago falsely convincing him
that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. It all starts when Othello sees Cassio and
Desdemona together and Iago starts hinting at the possibility of an affair without
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,
certain of his fate, loves not his wronger…" (3.3.163-166). In this quote, Iago is
telling Othello not be jealous of Desdemona, however in reality, he does want him to be
jealous. The idea of jealousy probably wouldn't have entered his mind if it were not for
Iago saying that. Iago also brings up the idea of Desdemona cheating on him here. He
mentions cuckold, which means 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's fulsome! … It is not words that
shakes me thus! Pish! / Noses, ears, and lips! Is't possible? - Confess? / Handkerchief! O
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