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Ignorance In Shakespeare's Othello Essay

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In a play written by William Shakespeare called “The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice” during 1601 and 1604. It all started out with a beautiful Venetian lady named Desdemona who married The Moor of Venice Othello without her overprotective and clueless father Brabantio, unaware. In Act 1 Sn3 they questioned and held a meeting with the two lovebirds. Being from the time period where interracial relationships were considered as abnormal and often questioned. When a beautiful white lady ends up with black Moor ignorance and trust plays a crucial role. Brabantio shows his disapproval of the marriage as they were both questioned about the reason why he or she would fall in love with such person. His ignorant attitude and harsh words used to describe the relationship between the two were hateful.

"Of years, of country, credit, everything, to fall in love - she feared to look on!" (Sn3; 115-116) he does not approve the actions she took. With her ...view middle of the document...

" (Ln 134) Will Desdemona deceive him like she did to her father or not? And will she also be true to the Othello? He warns Othello about her, so he knows what he's getting into. Brabantio also says that "she is abused, stol'n from me"(Ln79) He uses the word “stol’n” like she’s a property or an item he owns. If he is really that protective he would’ve never let her go, and the situation would never had happened.
Being a “loving” father that he is, he goes out of his way to insult her and the judgment she made. "being not deficient, blind, or lame of sense-....".(Line 76) Being a self-centered/ignorant person he shows no remorse for anyone or anything. He says whatever comes to mind not thinking about the effect it would have on a person. Or is he right or wrong about the statement he made? Is she really “blind, or lame of sense” for falling in love with a person like him?
Then Othello speaks up for himself saying “Her father loved me, oft invited me, Still questioned me the story of my life” (Ln 149) If he knew so much about him, why would he have doubts and suspicions about who his daughter married? If he did not trust him or think highly of him, why would he promote him to such a high rank? Is this all a mistake? Or could it be an act of hate or ignorance from Brabantio?
Then he went far with his words and states that “I had rather to adopt a child than get it.”(Ln 221) A really harsh statement, it is something that a daughter would never want to hear from their father. It seems like Brabantio does not really care about his daughter. He shows his regrets for having her.

To conclude the dramatic situation, Brabantio expresses his feelings about the relationship between Othello and Desdemona, using harsh words to show his disapproval. He is in grief because of the situation going on and is desperate to know why and how they ended up with each other. Also states that the relationship between the two is not real, and nothing good would come out of it. As they both tried to prove him wrong by explaining how it really happened. But his ignorant attitude got him nowhere with his daughter Desdemona shows and expresses the love she has for Othello is true.

Works Cited

Shakespeare, William, and Jane Coles. Othello. Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 1992. Print.

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