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Discuss the Relationship Between Othello and Desdemona.

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Nicky Hewitt-Stubbs 25th, October, 2001 Discuss the Relationship Between Othello and Desdemona. We first learn of there being a relationship between Othello and Desdemona when Iago and Roderigo are telling Roderigo (Desdemona's Father), that ''an old black ram is tupping your white ewe''. This is referring to Othello and Desdemona having sexual intercourse, and shortly after hearing this, we become informed that Desdemona is ''Tying her duty, Beauty, Wit, and Fortunes In an extravagant and wheeling stranger''. This suggests to us that Desdemona is considering the idea of marrying Othello. This thought is confirmed at the beginning of Act one Scene Two, during a conversation between Othello and Iago, and then further on in the scene when Iago informs Cassio that Othello ''hath boarded a land carack:'' We meet Othello on the night of their wedding, which they are spending in an inn called the 'Sagittary'. On this same night, we learn that Othello and Desdemona's Marriage is not approved of by Brabantio, and that Desdemona has had many possible suitors but has turned them down. In general, when we look at the scene, which is set for us, many people may have feel that this is an unnatural marriage. There are a couple of reasons for this: (a) ...read more.


Desdemona seems to be weak and na�ve in the eyes of her father. We can tell this from what he says about Desdemona; ''A maiden never bold; of spirit so still and quiet that her motion Blushed at herself.'' Roderigo also believes that Desdemona is innocent, we learn of this when he says: '' She's full of most blesses condition.'' While Cassio believes that Desdemona is perfect, and that God used up all his creative skills in making her: ''He hath achieved a maid...And in th'essential vesture of creation Does tire the ingener.'' Iago, is not so convinced though, and has more of an insight into the true Desdemona, he believes that she shall become bored with the relationship between herself and Othello; he feels that 'Her eye must be fed.'' Moreover, does not feel that Othello shall do this. However, we do learn that Desdemona is definitely in love with Othello when Iago tells Roderigo that 'Desdemona is directly in love with him.' We learn that Desdemona is controlling, and when the relationship between Othello and Desdemona is spoken about, Iago says that 'Our general's wife is now the general.' We learn that Desdemona is a beautiful, witty, respectful, young, independent, and in some peoples eyes the perfect woman. ...read more.


There characters help us to see to a point that this relationship is not just a sexual one, because they both enjoy each other's companionship. We can prove this by looking at what Desdemona says in Act one, scene 3: ''I saw Othello's visage in his mind''. Othello follows up on this by saying: ''to be free and bounteous to her mind.'' Looking at the relationship between Othello and Desdemona, one can see that this is a healthy relationship, both sexually and mentally. They have an active sex life, but do not depend on this aspect of their relationship to hold them together, as they also both enjoy the company of each other as well. The relationship between Desdemona and Othello is a good one, which in theory should last. Sadly, there are many aspects from the people around them, which in the end begin to ruin this happy, and relationship. As I have mentioned before, the fact that Othello is black, and that he so much older than Desdemona both affect the reactions of other people towards their relationship. The aspect that Iago is angry at Othello for selecting Cassio as his lieutenant instead of himself, causes Iago to place doubt in Othello's mind, which in the end results in the tragic downfall of this perfectly good relationship. ...read more.

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