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by William Shakespeare

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In Othello identify the theme of Act 1 Scene 1, with textual evidence.

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One of the overriding issues, and therefore a main theme of Othello is jealousy. From the onset, it is Iago's jealousy that drives him, that fuels his hatred for Othello and that will ultimately destroy Othello and cloud his judgment so severely as to destroy the one thing that is sincere and real - his love for Desdemona and her reciprocal feelings.

Iago stoops so low so as to encourage jealous feelings in everyone he encounters. He is not shy when he tells Roderigo how he hates Othello. Roderigo is angry that he has been rejected as a suitor for Desdemona and is willing to pay vast sums...

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