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The Scarlet Letter And Othello: Jealousy

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Jealousy, one of the seven deadly sins, is a catalyst which motivates a person to react; this catalyst is known to engulf them, and becomes the very meaning of their existence. This emotion leads to the inevitable downfall of Iago and Roger Chillingworth, who look to revenge to console them, but become consumed by it. The Antagonist’s in Othello and The Scarlet Letter not only lead to the demise of the innocent they manipulated, but also themselves. As they give in to jealousy, they seal their fate to an untimely death.

Although Iago’s acts of vengeance first began after Cassio was given the position of lieutenant, Iago’s jealousy had been accumulating even before the play. His jealousy ...view middle of the document...

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pointing out some traits which were already obvious differences. Feeling insecure Othello is overcome by jealousy, which eats at him until he comes to the conclusion that he must kill her. Although he still loves her, he becomes consumed by “the green eyed monster” (3.3.), and kills her because he had become obsessed with the notion that Desdemona cheated on him. Parallel to Iago’s jealousy, Othello is also overcome and with both of evils together they die and bring death to a number of innocent people.

Similar to Iago and Othello, Roger Chillingworth, in The Scarlet Letter, also becomes obsessed with his revenge on Hester Prynne’s lover. Roger Chillingworth jealousy over the minister grew with each day to the point where it becomes his purpose to live. Hester says “That old man's revenge has been blacker than my ... sin. He has violated, in cold blood, the sanctity of a human heart. Thou and I, Hester, never did so!" (Hawthorne 21), meaning that even jealousy is a greater sin than adultery. And similar to the green eyed monster which feeds upon itself, jealousy is also described as “black...

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