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"Othello and Desdemona's marriage doesn't stand a chance." Discuss.

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"Othello and Desdemona's marriage doesn't stand a chance." Discuss. From the time we learn of Othello and Desdemona's marriage, Desdemona manages to convince the audience of their strong relationship. Although there are many reasons to believe that Othello and Desdemona's marriage is eternal, it will be necessary to analyse both, their weaknesses and strengths to know if "Othello and Desdemona's marriage doesn't stand a chance". One reason for the breakdown of Othello and Desdemona's marriage could be Brabantio. The quote "your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul", (1.1.84), shows the love and special bond between father and daughter. Iago must be aware of the love between them and in this quote he describes Desdemona as "half your soul", which has many deep spiritual connotations, but also signifies her importance in Brabantio's life. We know Brabantio's feelings towards Desdemona are very strong and from this I feel even though he is disturbed by this marriage his love for his daughter proves that he would not deliberately try and damage their marriage. However, Brabantio may cause harm to Othello and Desdemona's marriage unintentionally. Even though we know that Brabantio ended his relationship with his daughter, I think that it may not have been his intent to do so, but instead, was emotionally blackmailing her in effort to gain her pity. The quote "For your sake jewel, I am glad at soul I have no other child", (1.3.193), shows the way in which Brabantio is attempting to make Desdemona feel guilty and very low. ...read more.

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However we also learn that Othello has a lot of trust in Cassio and especially Desdemona, which may cause some problems for Iago. As well as being work colleagues, I assume that Othello has a lot of trust in Cassio. I think this because of the fact that Othello promoted Cassio to his lieutenant, even though he had no experience of going into battle, shown by the quote "One Michael Cassio, a Florentine, that never set a squadron in the field, nor the division of a battle knows", said by Iago (1.1.21). Keeping in mind that Iago's plot is to make Othello suspect of an affair between Desdemona and Cassio, it will be extremely hard if Othello does really trust her with his life, like he says "My life upon her faith" (1.3.290), and because he devotes his life to her trust, it shows how important she is to him. Another example of their faithful relationship in Act 1, Scene 3- Othello asks for Desdemona to come and give an explanation for how they fell in love. However, it appears to me as if Othello is depending on her to save his life, as he says "If you do find me foul in her report...let your sentence even fall upon my life". I don't think he would be ready to stake his life if he dint have any faith in her. ...read more.

Conclusion

There are no signs of racial discrimination. Other than Othello being called "the Moor", but he seems to be accustomed to it and so takes no notice. I have already explained that I don't think Brabantio was very concerned of the fact that Othello was black, but because she eloped and brought shame to his name. Iago tries very hard to persuade Roderigo that the love between Othello and Desdemona is actually lust. However, it is obvious that he is lieing once again, as we read about the seriousness of their relationship. It already was enough to prove to me that their relationship is serious when Desdemona "preferred" Othello over her father, but Othello too shows he is just as serious. The quote "I therefore beg it not to please the plate of my appetite...but to be free and bounteous", shows that Othello doesn't want Desdemona to stay with him because of his sexual desires, but so she can fulfil her duties as a wife. This shows the maturity and seriousness of their marriage. Without going in-depth into the ways of their marriage breaking I would think that Othello and Desdemona's marriage would be successful, however after analysing small details, which may affect their marriage, I don't think their marriage stands a chance. Although Othello and Desdemona have made their love very clear I doubt their love can survive Iago's well-planned plot. Suhila Malik 1 ...read more.

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