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He warns Othello: O beware, my lord, of jealousy. It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on. (III, iii, 169–71) It has been suggested that this is a more accurate description of envy than of jealousy, and that the two terms were used more inter48 IAGO changeably in Shakespeare’s day, jealousy being a much more commonly used term than envy. The ‘green-eyed monster’ is certainly Iago, for his mockery knows no bounds. Particularly in the realm of sexual insults, Iago’s scorn and lewdness are designed to shock, suggesting that it is the loving sexual relationship that is abhorrent to him.
The hostile woman was aggressive to her colleague, as she is always aggressive to people who have more than she has or who have a lot to contribute. The patient seemed fascinated by this woman’s aggression, and not at all bothered by the fact that she had driven her colleague away. She said that this woman always breaks up conversations. In her analytic session it was possible for the businesswoman to see how her recent wish to be able to get more from her colleague and from her analyst was being undermined by a part of her that envied her capacity for a different kind of relationship, with more recognition of what the other could offer her and more awareness that her contribution too could be valued.
He says to Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, informing him of Desdemona and Othello’s secret marriage: Even now, now, very now, an old black ram Is tupping your white ewe. (I, i, 88–9) . . you’ll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse, you’ll have your nephews neigh to you, you’ll have coursers for cousins . . (I, i, 113–15) Iago attacks the loving sexuality of the couple, 49 ENVY making it into something obscene and crude, and he mocks the future progeny of the intercourse. 21 This kind of voyeurism also changes the nature of the sexuality: ‘Iago naturally has no use for the language of courtship; all love-making for him is merely the submission of the will to the base passions of the body.