Father And Daughter In Shakespeare Essay

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William Shakespeare, a poet and playwright wrote many tragedies of similar ideas of young people opposed to marriages. In the story of Othello, Desdemona’s father Brabantio always invites Othello over his house to listen to his stories. Brabantio never expected Othello to marry his daughter. From the beginning of the play Brabantio believes Desdemona is his property and she is only allowed to marry men that he chooses. Because Othello is a moor and not a Venetian Brabantio does not accept him. With the story of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet falls in love with Romeo who is the son of the Montague clan. Juliet is from the Capulet clan, the enemy of the Montague clan. Unfortunately Juliet is undecided between the two and forces herself to pick between Romeo and her family. In Othello and Romeo and Juliet the father-daughter relationships of Brabantio and Desdemona and Juliet and Capulet focuses on love and possess. Similar to Juliet, Desdemona has a dilemma of choosing a lover over her family. Both works can compare to one another because of the father disagreements and greed over their daughters.
Shakespeare uses Desdemona and Brabantio as a father-daughter relationship founded on love and possessiveness because he is manipulative on whom his daughter can or cannot marry. Desdemona should have the right to marry who she wants to spend her entire life with but at such a young age her father says he knows what is best for her. When Othello meets with Brabantio and shares the news with him, he is in disbelief. He claims Othello forced Desdemona to like him by drugging her or performing a love spell on her. Brabantio says, “She is abused, stol’n from me, and corrupted by spells and medicines bought of mountebanks; for nature so prepost’rously to err, being not deficient, blind, or lame of sense, sans witchcraft could not” (Shakespeare 17). Brabantio is very possessive over his daughter, he wants to control her every move and Desdemona finds it difficult to agree with her father’s beliefs. Desdemona betrays her father and chooses to marry Brabantio behind his back and then chooses to tell him after they already got married. Desdemona declares her love for Othello and her father gets enraged by her words and claims he would rather adopt a child. Othello is older than Desdemona, he is also from a different culture and he is a moor, not a Venetian. Desdemona’s father does not agree with the fact his daughter married a moor. The interracial marriage had Brabantio die from grief because he claims Othello stole Desdemona from him.
In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is forced to choose her lover Romeo over her own family. Because of her family rivalry with Romeo’s family, they are not allowed to see each other. Juliet is introduced to a wealthy young man named Paris, who her father wishes she marries and Juliet follow her father’s order but then disobeys. Juliet realizes she does not love Paris; she loves Romeo, and refused to marry Paris. The Lord Capulet did not...

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