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The story of William Shakespeare's Othello is set in 16th-century Venice and Cyprus. Othello the Moor, a noble black warrior in the Venetian army, has secretly married a beautiful white woman called Desdemona, the daughter of a prominent senator, Brabantio. When he finds out, he is outraged, and promptly disowns her.Othello’s ensign, Iago, harbours a secret jealousy and resentment towards the Moor, partly because another soldier, lieutenant Cassio, has been promoted ahead of him, and also because he suspects that Othello has had an affair with his wife. Intent on revenge, Iago hatches a devious plan to plant suspicions in Othello’s mind that Desdemona has been unfaithful to him with Cassio. He orchestrates a street fight, for which Cassio is wrongly blamed, and is then dismissed from his post by Othello. Desdemona takes up Cassio’s case with her husband, which only further inflames his suspicions that the pair are lovers.In the meantime, Iago manages to procure a treasured handkerchief from Desdemona that was given to her by Othello. He plants it on Cassio so that Othello sees it, then concludes that it is proof of their affair. Maddened by jealousy, he orders Iago to murder Cassio, and then he strangles Desdemona. Immediately afterwards her innocence is revealed, and Iago’s treachery exposed. In a fit of grief and remorse Othello kills himself. Iago is taken into custody by the Venetian authorities.


This is the Saratoga for Iago in the beginning every plan he had was shot down because of othellos trust in Desdamona. But when othello finally considers what The so called "honestman " is saying the lie takes root and begins to flourish.

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger; But, O, what damned minutes tells he o'er Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves! (3.3.169-174)

"Think, my lord?" Alas, thou echo'set me As if there were some monster in thy thought To hideous to be shown. Thou dost mean something. I heard thee say even now thou lik'st not that When Cassio left my wife. What didst not like? (3.3.110-114)

It is ironic that Iago should be the one to tell othello "beware of jealousy", seeing as how that is what is fueling Iago throughout the whole story. He's jealous of Cassio because he wanted to be othellos lieutenant and he's possibly jealous of Desdamona because he may be in love with othello.

Jealousy really is a "monster that grows and grows out of nothing" because that is what othellos argument against Desdamona is. Othello accuses her multiple times and never looks for a different solution than her being guilty. He let this monster grow to where he could see nothing else.

But jealous souls will not be answer'd so; They are not ever jealous for the cause, But jealous for they are jealous. It is a monster Begot upon itself, born on itself.(3.4.153–156)


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