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Home Literature Othello Quotes Jealousy IntroSummaryThemesQuotesCharactersAnalysisQuestionsPhotosQuizzesBest of the Web Write Essay Teaching Quotes about: Jealousy Jealousy Theme Race Gender Sex Marriage Manipulation Warfare Hate Identity ADVERTISEMENT Jealousy Theme Table of Contents AP English Language AP English Literature SAT Test Prep ACT Exam Prep ADVERTISEMENTOthello Jealousy Quotes Page 1 Page (1 of 4) Quotes: 1 2 3 4How we cite the quotes:Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to the Norton edition.Quote #1IAGOOne Michael Cassio, a Florentine,A fellow almost damnd in a fair wife;That never set a squadron in the field,Nor the division of a battle knowsMore than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric,
Wherein the toged consuls can proposeAs masterly as he: mere prattle, without practise,Is all his soldiership. But he, sir, had the election:And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proofAt Rhodes, at Cyprus and on other groundsChristian and heathen, must be be-leed and calmdBy debitor and creditor: this counter-caster,He, in good time, must his lieutenant be (1.1.2)Here, Iago claims he hates Othello because Othello passed him, Iago, over for a promotion, giving "one MichaelCassio" the job as his military lieutenant instead. Iago claims hes far more qualified than Cassio, who lacks Iagosexperience on the field of battle. Clearly, Iago seems pretty jealous. But is this the real reason Iago sets out todestroy Othello? Or, is this merely an excuse to go after him? In other words, does Iago say all of this in order tomanipulate Roderigo? (Roderigo, as we soon learn, is completely envious of Othello for marrying Desdemona.)Quote #2IAGOI hate the Moor:And it is thought abroad, that twixt my sheetsHe has done my office: I know not ift be true;But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,Will do as if for surety. (1.3.12)Now this is interesting. Earlier, Iago said he hates Othello because "the Moor" passed him over for a promotion.Yet, here, Iago says he hates Othello because hes heard a rumor that Othello has been hooking up with Iagoswife, Emilia, "twixt [Iagos] sheets." Iago says he doesnt exactly know if the rumors true, but hes decided to goahead and ruin Othellos life anyway. Seems like Iago has listed a couple of incompatible motives for seeking todestroy Othello, wouldnt you say? So, were just not sure we can believe that Iagos jealous of Othellossupposed relationship with Emilia.Quote #3Cassios a proper man: let me see now:To get his place and to plume up my willIn double knavery--How, how? Lets see:--After some time, to abuse Othellos earThat he is too familiar with his wife.He hath a person and a smooth disposeTo be suspected, framed to make women false.The Moor is of a free and open nature,That thinks men honest that but seem to be so,And will as tenderly be led by the noseAs asses are.I havet. It is engenderd. Hell and nightMust bring this monstrous birth to the worlds light.
(1.3.12)A few lines earlier (see above passage), Iago claimed that he suspects Othello has been sleeping with his wife,Emilia. Here, Iago shares his plot to destroy Othello with the audience – since Othello is so gullible, Iago will leadhim "by the nose," making Othello believe that his, Othellos, wife is having an affair with Cassio. Iago plans toplant the seeds of jealousy in Othello. Whats interesting about this passage is the way Iago sees his evil plan asa "monstrous birth," a thing that he will bring to "light." Whats up with that?
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