Othello Essay

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In the play Othello, Shakespeare really tests our conception as to what love is, and where it can or can't exist. Judging from the relationship between Desdemona and Othello, the play seems to say that marriage based on an innocent romantic love or profane love is bound to fail. Shakespeare is pessimistic about the existence and survival of a true type of love. There is a common thread of betrayal and deceit among his female characters, especially Desdemona, as portrayed in the play. Othello and Desdemona appear to love one another romantically at first, but this romantic love becomes more of a profane love, or more likely was truly a profane love all along. This comes to pass because there is no foundation for a relationship here. There is no trust, no communication, and no understanding. Through the character of Othello Shakespeare suggest that true love will never prevail and there will always be outward forces that tend to test the significance of this relationship. Both individuals involved in the relationship did not have a true basis what it is to truly be committed to each other, as Othello has spent most of his life in battle and Desdemona fell into Othello arms just because of all the valiant war stories that were told to her by him. The “Outward force” that affects this relationship in its entirety is Iago who is full of jealousy and hate for the moor and plans out a scheme to disrupt the love that Othello and Desdemona have for each other. As a result of Iago’s interference in the relationship Othello ends up killing Desdemona and we see that even when she is about to die she still insists upon how much she loves him indicating her innocence within the tragic scenario, and full of hate and guilt Othello ends up killing himself as well. Both Othello and Desdemona have no experience in a real relationship and have no idea how to trust and understand each other. Othello has spent most of his life in battle. Othello says "Rude am I in my speech and...
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