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How is Othello and Desdemonas relationship doomed from the opening of the play?

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How is Othello and Desdemona's relationship doomed from the opening of the play? Thought the play, Othello and Desdemona's relationship is subjected to doom, destruction and disaster. Shakespeare cleverly creates clues and hints for the audience to recognise at the opening of the play for the tragic events to follow. Shakespeare makes the audience aware of Othello and Desdemona's doomed relationship by showing the audience that dramatic irony plays a key part in Iago's skill in manipulating others. 'I lack iniquity/sometimes to do me service' When Iago first speaks to Othello, he emphasises his own honour and warm-heartedness to an extreme. As the audience is already aware of Iago's devious character, this dramatic irony serves to warn us that Othello may be vulnerable to Iago's manipulative ways. It could also be seen as a humorous effect as the audience watch Iago's odd character change from scheming manipulator to a 'humble' servant. Another example of Dramatic Irony is when Iago warns Othello that that Brabantio is 'much beloved, and hath...a voice potential as double as the duke's.' Ironically the person, Othello should be most worried about is Iago. The audience have already begun to understand this, and Shakespeare constantly uses dramatic Irony so that the audience can clearly see Iago's skill in manipulating others. One of the techniques that Shakespeare uses is context, linking the audience to the play. ...read more.


Shakespeare does this to suggest to the Elizabethans that his race - though not his fault - is a 'bad omen' to the doom of his marriage to Desdemona. As the first significant, black character in English Literature, Othello's 'Moorish' complexion would have had audience an immediate impact on Elizabethan audiences. Shakespeare knew that many of them would be racist and knew that many of them would associate audience moor with ignorance, evil and sexual immorality. The character of Othello was an outcast in many different ways. Shakespeare used different techniques to illustrate how Othello being a stranger is unfortunately some what accountable of the catastrophe to come. Three customs were used in which language was used to describe Othello as a foreigner. Animal imagery and racist remarks were used to emphasise how much Othello isn't - and never will be - part of Venetian society. The character of Iago played an essential role. In Act 1, Scene 1, Iago informed Brabantio of his daughter's elopement with Othello, Iago used animal imagery to 'poison his delight' and to portray the relationship of Othello and Desdemona as audience disgusting pairing. 'Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe' this gives us the idea that not only Iago is crude-minded, making the audience wonder what he does to his wife, Emilia, but Othello isn't right for Desdemona . ...read more.


Where most you owe obedience' Brabantio says this quote to remind his daughter that she isn't behaving appropriately and obeying the 'daughters' duty' by embarrassing him '... In all this nobly company'. Furthermore, it seems that Brabantio can not deal with the situation as it was unheard of at the time. Therefore, Brabantio has no other choice but to offer a demanding and aggressive respond to Desdemona's actions. In conclusion, there are many hints to suggest Othello and Desdemona's Relationship will end badly. This is primarily based on dramatic irony and Othello's gullibility as well as Iago's sneakiness and scheming skill. Throughout the entire play, Shakespeare conveys themes such as betrayal, jealously as the two main motives yet the theme 'difference of appearance and reality' as an important focus to add. As mention above, Betrayal is an important theme, However jealously is reflected though the play. Jealousy is recognised when Iago plants seeds of false rumours in Othello's mind about the so-called 'affair' between Desdemona and Cassio. Jealousy, unfortunately, also lead to the murder of an innocent, loyal wife and the suicide of a brave yet foolish man. Adaptations have been made to portray Othello through the modern prespective. In the 2001 adaptation 'O' , the film is set in a American high school and follows a similar plot to he original play, though 'modernized'. I felt that this is an excellent adaptation because it does proves Shakespeare's point showing that no matter the time nor setting, jealousy and betrayal will destroy lives. ?? ?? ?? ?? Final Draft Friday 019/04/2008 Ayan Mohamud 10QHe Ms. Haseler ...read more.

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