Task two, Othello
This play presents several opposing views of love and marriage. What are these views and who expresses them? Iago is really jealous of Othello because he has Desdemona. However, Iago does not want Desdemona, he just envies Othello for the sake of it. Iago is jealous of Cassio too because Cassio got the promotion that Iago wanted. Desdemona is faithful to Othello no matter what, even when Othello accuses her repeatedly of just the opposite, and even when Othello is suffocating her, she still stays faithful and stays true to her word. This shows her undying love and total faith for Othello, and their marriage. In this specific time period, that was exactly what marriage was. Othello feels that even in a marriage, it is okay to treat your wife that way, but as the play progresses, jealousy takes over Othello and turns him into a very angry and deceptive man. Although even going into a rage on Desdemona, Othello still loves her unconditionally, but believes that it was fates choice. Iago plays with Othello’s mind and this is what causes Othello to act so rude to and around Desdemona. Other’s had a deep effect on his marriage. At its heart, this is a play about the relationships between two couples, (Iago/Emilia and Othello/Desdemona). How would you characterize each relationship? Compare the relationship between Othello and Desdemona to that of Iago and Emilia. Both of these two marriages are quite underdeveloped. In act I scene III, Othello says, “she loved me for the dangers I had passed, and I loved her that she did pity them.” From this quote, we can clearly find the reason of their marriage. From Desdemona’s side, she is infatuated by Othello’s magnificent adventures because at least it is impossible for her to have such unbelievable experiences. Besides, she also pity Othello’s adventures. This is also why Othello loves her. As a soldier and a moor, there is seldom people who cares about Othello’s experiences. On the other hand, Othello...
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