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Comment on the nature of the relationship between Desdemona and Othello?

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Comment on the nature of the relationship between Desdemona and Othello? Othello, being a tragedy, it is almost certain that Othello and Desdemona's love for each other will be challenged, and maybe even broken and this will quite possibly lead to the death of the protagonist, Othello and perhaps many other characters, as this is a common trait of most tragedy's. Many different things challenge Othello and Desdemona's love, whether it is different characteristic flaws and qualities that each character possesses, outside influences from other characters, fate and the subtle workings of the text or the incompatibility between military heroism and love. It isn't until Act III, when Iago starts to implement his plan that Cassio is sleeping with Desdemona, that Othello and Desdemona's love for each other starts to get profusely challenged. This is when the audience gets a greater insight into the character of Othello and learns of his strengths and weaknesses. The flaws that that the audience sees in Othello are generally not characteristics that he has always possessed, rather they are forced onto him by the machinations of Iago, we can say that Othello is a good and noble character just being played upon by the deceitful Iago. ...read more.


Iago does not directly give Othello any proof, only circumstantial evidence and for Othello these few words are enough to make him distrust Desdemona, this weakness in character can possibly be linked back to the fact that Othello is a social and racial outsider in the society in which he lives, for if almost everyone around Othello doesn't trust him then how can he trust them. The degradation of Othello's character and the implementation of ideas from Iago into his mind leading to the development of more characteristic flaws are a major influence into the dismantling of Othello and Desdemona's romantic relationship. Othello is doomed, due to the fact that he is bound to the genre of play known as a tragedy and the audience can make and educated guess based on other Shakespeare works, like Romeo and Juliet that Othello and Desdemona's love is also doomed. In typical Shakespeare way the breaking up of Othello and Desdemona's love is subtly hinted at throughout the play, through different means, be it ironic phrases that a character may say, symbols or other literary devices. ...read more.


Othello knows the significance of the handkerchief as he is the one who bought it yet he doesn't care that she has dropped it and basically tells her to leave their "love" on the ground. Iago steals the handkerchief. Othello that the strawberry's on the handkerchief were dyed with the blood of virgins and the pattern is on a whit background, this strongly represents the blood left on the sheets of a virgin's wedding night, so the handkerchief can suggest a guarantee of virginity as well as fidelity. Losing the handkerchief is detrimental to the relationship of Othello and Desdemona in a symbolic sense. From the beginning an attentive audience member will know that almost any sexual relationship in Othello will be challenged, due to its genre and seems almost guaranteed that the relationship of the protagonist will definitely be challenged if not completely broken up. Later into the novel this becomes apparent and their relationship is strongly challenged through a variety of means and methods. Othello's relationship is doomed to be broken up. Jack Batty PES English Dr. Strangeways 1 ...read more.

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