An Unwise Love in Shakespeare's "Othello"
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The paper discusses Othello's "love" for Desdemona and questions whether he loved her too much and was he blinded by a jealous rage, or whether he did not love her enough to take the time to understand her. The paper also presents the argument that it was Desdemona that loved Othello too much; she could have saved herself had she spoken up and inquired as to what was bothering Othello throughout the play. This paper argues that Shakespeare's brilliant use of love and betrayal makes "Othello" a very exceptional play and it is up to the reader to decide if Othello's love for Desdemona is what leads him to kill her, or if it is his ignorance that results in her death.
From the Paper:"Othello, the Moor of Venice tells the tragic story of a war hero, Othello, and the great pains that his "friend," Iago underwent to take away his power. Iago's thirst for power consumes him when he is passed over for promotion and a man of lesser qualifications, Michael Cassio, is promoted to the post of Lieutenant. Subsequently, Iago turns to Brabantio and divulges the marriage between Othello and Brabantio's daughter, Desdemona, with the hopes circumstantial misunderstandings will lead to Othello's punishment. Iago, not to be deterred from his endeavors, continues to pursue his persecution of Othello. Iago eventually wins Cassio's post, and continues to manipulate Othello, exploiting his "love" for Desdemona, to bring his eventual demise.
"Upon Othello's apprehension after murdering Desdemona, Othello wishes that others hear his story of "one that loved not wisely, but too well" (5.2.394). Othello continues to rely his faults, "one not easily jealous; but being wrought/Perplex'd in the extreme" (5.2.395). Through Othello's confession, the question arises of his "love" for Desdemona; did he love her too much and was he blinded by a jealous rage, or did he not love her enough to take the time to understand his wife?"
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