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The William Shakespeare play Othello is about a couple (Othello and Desdemona).

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Tuesday 1st April 2003 Who Is More Responsible For Desdemona's Death? The William Shakespeare play Othello is about a couple (Othello and Desdemona) who are in love but have to get married in secret because Othello is a black man and Desdemona is white woman. Although Desdemona's father is racist he eventually has to accept the marriage. There are loads of different themes in the play; these themes include marriage, love, jealously, racism, disobedience, murder and hate. This is how the different themes are shown. * Firstly marriage; marriage is the most obvious one, this is shown when Othello and Desdemona get married. * The theme of love is shown by many people; Othello and Desdemona are in love with one an other, Emilla is in love with her husband Iago and Iago is in love with both Desdemona and Othello. * The theme of jealously is shown by Iago because Desdemona is in love with Othello and Othello in turn is in love Desdemona and neither of them is in love with him. * The theme of racism is strongly showed by most characters towards Othello because of the fact that he is black. Desdemona's father detests the fact that Desdemona has gotten married to a black man and that they are sleeping together. ...read more.

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Then there is Othello. Othello is Desdemona's husband, Othello is the person who physically killed Desdemona but there is a reason as to why Othello could not be held responsible for Desdemona's death. The reason is that Othello is easily persuaded and Iago was telling Othello all sorts of thing to make Othello believe that Desdemona was having an affair. We can see this in Iago's soliloquy in act 1 scene 3 'After some time, to abuse Othello's ear That he is too familiar with his wife,' We can also see that Othello trusted Iago because he tells Iago to watch Desdemona. This means that he trusted what Iago reported back to him. We can see this in act 3 scene 3 Othello says to Iago 'If more thou dost perceive, let me know more; Set on thy wife to observe. Leave me, Iago.' However, Othello married Desdemona out of love so he should of trusted her not to cheat on him and to question her about the accusations first. Next there is Iago. Iago is Othello's friend who appears to have bisexual tendencies and is in love with both Desdemona and Othello. There is evidence that Iago has bisexual tendencies in act 1 scene 1 when he says 'I am not what I am.' ...read more.

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The reasons for Desdemona being held responsible for her own death is, firstly she did not listen to Othello; her husband and also she did not listen to her father. Secondly Desdemona was far too independent for a woman in the renaissance times and Desdemona trusted people far to easily. Another reason is that Desdemona liked to flirt with other men; this may have lessened the trust in Othello's and Desdemona's marriage. In my own personal opinion I feel that Othello is to blame for Desdemona's death. I think this because Othello did not give Desdemona enough freedom to do what she wanted to do; this was encouraging Desdemona to go behind Othello's back. Othello knew Desdemona well enough before they got married to know that Desdemona was a very independent woman and needed her space and I feel that Othello was stupid to think that he could change the way Desdemona was. Also Othello must of and should of trusted Desdemona before they get married because trust is the key to a good relationship and to marriage. I feel that it was clear that in the beginning of William Shakespeare's play Othello that Othello loved Desdemona but towards the end of the play he had been influenced and had trusted to may people other than his wife making him not trust the woman he loved any more. Rachel James 10O English Page 1 of 6 ...read more.

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