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How is Othellos and Desdemonas relationship portrayed in Act 2, scene 1 from line 171- 205?

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Introduction

How is Othello?s and Desdemona?s relationship portrayed in Act 2, scene 1 from line 171- 205? Act 2, Scene 1 starts off with a harsh storm indicating a symbol of unrest and of discord to come. It has destroyed the Turkish fleet and separated the Venetian ships. Cassio?s ship arrives in Cyprus first, then Iago and Desdemona join him. They wait for Othello. Finally, his ship arrives and Desdemona is very relived. They prepare a celebration. Othello?s reunion with Desdemona highlights their mutual love and affection. There is a mix of tones set in this scene; at first the tone is apprehensive as Desdemona is waiting for Othello anxiously. When he arrives, the tone is joyous since they?ve won against the Turks. Othello highlights the equality in their relationship by calling Desdemona ?my fair warrior?. The noun ?warrior?, Othello associates her with his own military role and recognises that she?s put herself in danger by taking part in the masculine affair of war. ...read more.

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Despite the scandal of marrying outside their race, Othello and Desdemona initially appear happy and in love. Their courtship was mutual and their meeting in this act reveals the intensity of their relationship. Othello seems overcome with happiness: ?I cannot speak? it is too much of joy?. Additionally, Othello?s excesses of emotion are clear after his arrival in Cyprus ? he says he?s ?most happy?. The superlative ?most? conveys how happy he is winning against the Turks and his ?soul hath her content so absolute? - these strong feelings hint about his loving relationship with Desdemona. He wants her to be as happy as he is to have her in his life. Shakespeare uses the personification of these four words, ?O, my soul?s joy,? tell us that this beautiful Venetian girl has brought great joy, felicity, and bliss to the very depths of Othello?s soul. The repetition of ?soul? and ?joy? is used throughout this passage conveying the exquisite beautiful love that has come to a thoughtful, earnest man is indescribably impressive. ...read more.

Conclusion

and comforts should increase, even as our days to grow?, to which Othello replies ?amen to that, sweet powers!? This shows that both of them are loving towards each other, as they are obeying turn-taking and Grice?s maxim on quantity. However, Iago breaks the adjacency pair by interrupting ?O, you are well tun?d now! But I?ll set down the pegs that make this music, as honest as I am? and Othello replies with a short imperative ?come, let us to the castle.? It is evident that Iago is not respectful as he is impatient for them to finish their conversation and so he disrupts the conversation allowing the play to move on. In conclusion, Shakespeare uses several techniques to show the relationship between Othello and Desdemona in this passage. Love and affection is used throughout, particularly when Othello says he has ?found great love? and is ?most happy?. Furthermore, Shakespeare uses imagery, affectionate mode of addresses, imperatives and adjacency pair to show love within the relationship. ...read more.

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