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Shakespeare -Othello 's deal with Desdemona

p Shakespeare -Othello 's deal with Desdemona


The full title of this play by William Shakespeare is `The Tragedy of Othello , the Moor of Venice ' The accepted genre of this play is tragedy . It was written during the period 1601 to 1604 and published in the year 1622 . The important part and conflict of the play is the marriage between Othello and Desdemona . Not a marriage by consent , but by elopement ! They wish to build a happy life together . Viewed

from the practical angle , the alliance was not an ideal one on account of their differences of age , race and experience . The tender sapling of love is mercilessly poisoned by the malicious designs of Iago , who succeeds in convincing Othello that Desdemona is unfaithful . Othello and Desdemona were trying to build a great relationship as would be seen from the dialogue between them in Act II , Scene I , when Othello addresses her as O my fair warrior ' and she reciprocates by saying , My dear Othello ' Othello is in a great romantic mood as he says

It gives me wonder great as my content

To see you here before me . O my soul 's joy

If after every tempest come such calms

May the winds blow till they have waken 'd death

And let the laboring bark climb hills of seas

Olympus-high and duck again as low

As hell 's from heaven ! If it were now to die 'Twere now to be most happy for , I fear

My soul hath her content so absolute

Desdemona responds , The heavens forbid , But that our loves and comforts should increase , Even as our days do grow

What makes Othello great is his skill as a soldier . He is the hero and protagonist of the play . He is a physically powerful figure , he excels in eloquence . He is respected and wins the admiration of one and all around him . He is a Christian Moor . He suffers from the insecurities of the position that he occupies . An aged soldier 's life is so uncertain and this is the important worry of Othello . He trusts people easily and Iago takes full advantage of this soft area in the personality of Othello . He is a racial and cultural outsider in Venice . The Venetian government has implicit faith in him and therefore he is in full martial and political command of Cyprus . Desdemona is drawn to him on account of his extraordinary qualities . But the father , Brabanzio doesn 't like this alliance . He decides to speak about the issue before the duke complaining that Othello did witchcraft to win Desdemona . But the issue is otherwise . She liked him for his valor in war and the related stories of adventure . Before the duke , Desdemona announces that she stands by Othello . Othello is an extraordinary orator as well . When Othello tells duke about his speech that wooed Desdemona , the Duke was frank enough to admit ' I think this tale would win...

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