Critical Study - Othello - Jealousy Essay Question: Choose a related text to Othello which contains a theme from the play and compare. Word length 300-400 words.

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Jealousy is explored in the song Jealousy by 702 in numerous ways. The two obvious ways are, one the title and the repetition of jealousy in the chorus and in the verses. Jealousy is defined by the Macquarie Dictionary as - resentment against a successful rival or the possessor of any coveted advantage. In this song the jealousy stems from women who envy the singer of her success in finding a partner. The singer believes the women want to be her as is continually repeated in the chorus - 'THEY'RE JUST WISHING THEY COULD BE ME.' This is further empathized throughout the song by the entire song being capitalized. Jealousy is further explored in the proceeding verses. Notably in the third verse - 'TRYING TO TURN ME AGAINST YOU.'

In Othello the theme jealously is widely explored by two key main characters - Iago and Othello. Iago even admits '...and

oft my jealousy,' Act 3, Scene 3 - 148. Othello never openly admits to his own and even in his last speech he says ' not easily jealous.' Act 5, Scene 2 - 344-7. Jealousy is shown in the play Othello as a sickness and is often referred to as a 'green eyed monster,' Act 3, Scene 3 - 168. The jealously comes from numerous areas - the want for power - 'I follow him to serve my turn upon him,' Act 1, Scene 1 - 42, the concept that a white man should be above a black man, cuckolding - 'I will chop her into messes. Cuckold me!' Act 4, Scene 1 - 188, homosexuality and envy.

Othello by Shakespeare is similar to the song Jealousy by 702 in several ways. Both explore the theme of jealousy especially that of envy. The song Jealousy through the women wanting to...