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Othello Essay | Critical Essay #2

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Critical Essay #2

[Godfrey examines the portrayal of jealousy in Othello, determining that it is the cause of evil in the play. The critic exposes the jealousy presented by several characters: Othello, Roderigo, Bianca, and Iago. He compares their irrational behavior to that of Leontes, the jealous husband of Hermoine in The Winter's Tale and asserts that each displays a form of sexual jealousy. Iago, however, exhibits "an all-encompassing jealousy directed not only against sexual love but against love itself in all its manifestations. "As a result, envious hatred takes possession of his soul, motivates his actions, and turns him into "the most completely villainous character in all literature. "].

To proclaim Shakespeare's Othello as a tragedy of jealousy is but to echo the opinion of every critic who ever wrote about it. The jealousy not only of Othello. but of such lesser figures as Roderigo and even Bianca is surely self-evident...

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