The consequences, decisions, and downfalls of jealousy- pt 2

12 Apr

Hello again to all! Last week I elaborated on the causes, origins, and effects of jealousy, now I will expound upon the consequences, decisions, and downfalls of this horrible emotion.

Lord, I pray that You bless all these sermons that You have given and that You expose these horrible hindrances that keep Your people back from being who You have destined them to be. Father, wash us, purge us, and if any of these are in me, I ask that You cleanse me with You word, deliver me, and let Your love shine forth. Deliver all who comes up on these sermons, let them feel Your love, genuiness, and Your precious Spirit. Set free from these bondages, and we will set others free according to Your Word, we shall know the truth and it shall make us free! John 8:32.
In Jesus mighty and matchless name, amen.

Jealousy Exploited in Othello

Megan Brunn, Yahoo Contributor Network
Jan 26, 2007.


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Jealousy is a powerful emotion, one that can destroy relationships, and consume the mind. Whether sexual or platonic, once the seed of jealousy is planted it can lead to devastating consequences. Jealousy can easily turn into anger, and overwhelm it’s victim making them obsessed with the notion. In the play Othello, many of the characters fall victim to jealousy, causing them to commit acts outside of their normal persona. Iago, Emilia, Bianca, Roderigo and Othello all display jealousy throughout the play, though each finds resolution in a different way.
Iago displays jealousy from the very beginning of the play. His jealousy quickly spawns thoughts of revenge, and he soon develops a plan to achieve revenge on those he feels have wronged him. From the start of the play, Iago expresses his jealousy of both Cassio and Othello. He is jealous of Cassio for securing the job of lieutenant Iago feels he deserved, and jealous of Othello not only from the promotion of Cassio, but also from his belief that Othello has slept with Emilia. Iago expresses “It is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets / He has done my office” (I.iii.369-370). This insecurity and jealousy he feels leads him to commit acts of revenge. As he becomes fixed on the idea of revenge, Iago speaks in a soliloquy he will not be satisfied “Till I am evend with him, wife for wife, /Or failing so, yet that I put the Moor / At least into a jealousy so strong / That judgment cannot cure” (2.1.299-302)

Emilia feels jealousy towards Desdemona, whether for her privilege, her marriage to Othello, or perhaps her innocence. Although Emilia is close to Desdemona perhaps she is resentful of her low social status and unhappy with her job. Emilia is distrustful and resentful of her own husband, and is aware of Iago’s jealous nature. Perhaps Emilia is resentful of the fact that Desdemona and Othello have a close, loving relationship without jealousy. Emilia is a very cynical person and may also be envious of Desdemona’s innocent bliss. Because of this jealousy, she enables Iago’s plan by stealing the handkerchief and lying about it’s whereabouts, keeping the truth concealed until it is too late.

Roderigo’s jealousy spawns from his obsession with Desdemona. He is deeply jealous of Othello for acquiring Desdemona’s love, he expresses this jealousy by stating “What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe/If he can carryt thus!” (1.1.33) Because of his obsession with Desdemona he allows Iago to manipulate him. He falls victim to Iago’s plot as he allows his jealousy to obstruct his view of reality. He is desperate enough to sacrifice all his money and even murder to eliminate all competition for Desdemona’s affection. This desperation eventually leads to his downfall as his attempt to kill Cassio ends in the loss of his own life.

Bianca’s jealousy originates from the discovery of the handkerchief in Cassio’s chambers. Her jealousy amasses as Cassio requests she make a copy of it for him. Thinking it is a token from another woman, she becomes jealous and refuses to copy it. She expresses anger, but is able to repress her jealousy and desires to talk about it with Cassio.

Othello’s jealousy against Desdemona is perhaps the strongest emotion incurred in the play. The jealousy he experiences turns him insane with rage, and he loses all ability to see reason. The first instance that instills doubt in Othello’s mind is Brabantio’s warning “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see:/She has deceived her father, and may thee” (1.3.292-293). This early seed of doubt allows Iago to play on Othello’s jealous nature, and concoct a plan to take advantage of Othello. Iago slowly leaks his poison into Othello and soon has the result he desires, Othello is overcome with jealousy. Othello continuously denies his jealousy, but it is apparent that he is losing his mind with the thought of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness. He speaks to Iago saying “No Iago;/I’ll see before I doubt; when I doubt, prove;/And on the proof, there is no more but this,–/Away at once with love or jealousy!” (3.3.189-192) The fact that he believes that his wife is unfaithful with only insinuations put forth by Iago shows the fact that he is prone to jealousy. Soon after, with Iago’s “help” he believes to see undeniable proof that Desdemona is unfaithful with the loss of the handkerchief. Othello experiences jealousy so strong that he delves into a fit of epilepsy. This epilepsy fit is proof that Othello is now consumed with jealousy and from henceforth on cannot be convinced Desdemona is faithful. Othelllo’s jealousy soon turns to anger as he struggles to cope. He accuses her of infidelity and though she adamantly denies it, he is not convinced. Othello believes he has no other way to resolve his doubt than to murder Desdemona. After Desdemona’s death, the truth is uncovered, and Othello chooses to commit suicide. He speaks in his death speech that he wants to be remembered as one who was not easily jealous, but one who was perplexed and misled.

The play Othello demonstrates the power jealousy can hold over people. At one point or another, every person experiences jealousy, and whether it is sexual or otherwise, jealousy can be a very dangerous emotion. Because jealousy plays on the trust one develops in relationships, it easily can result in feeling violated and betrayed. The feeling of betrayal by someone who we trust is one of the most hurtful emotions humans can feel. The way we react to these feelings though, some may experience uncontrollable anger, while others become depressed, still others may internalize the feeling and not deal with it at all. The play Othello, though written hundreds of years ago, still captivates audiences with it’s portrayal of the desperation one feels when jealousy is present. Although many years have passed since written, people can still relate to Othello because human nature does not change. We all question those who are close to us, and whether or not they are loyal. Othello demonstrates the disastrous consequences that may ensue when a person capitalizes on the jealous nature of another human.

Published by Megan Brunn

Born in connecticut, lived for a short time in virginia, have a 3 year old daughter. View profile

Othello was and is still a very popular play today, and why some can’t equate this story in the church, most can. Anyone can be jealous, but it is yet deadly because not only can we destroy people with this dangerous and unchecked emotion, we can also murder them with our mouths. There are many diffrent forms of jealousy, and people are jealous hearted for many diffrent reasons. Mentally,emotionally, even medically we are aware that this emotion stems from the root of insecurity ( be it in childhood growing up, Highschool, college, and beyond there, it can and will show up in marriages, also in Churches) we as Christians know that it is a spirit that does not come from God but from the devil, who inspired the first natural murder between blood brothers in the Bible Genesis 4:3-7 (King James Version). See this spirit lives, breathes,inspiration from the devil because it is his nature and charecteristic.( Isaiah 14:12-17) We have read one downfall done by jealousy through the play of Othello, now let’s take it deeper and take it to the Word of God. I am sure all is familiar with the story of King David and Saul, let’s examine carefully the consequences,decisions, and ultimately the downfall of Saul because the nasty spirit of jealousy.


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