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The Failure Of Love In Shakespeare's Othello

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In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, there are numerous important ideas that are expressed throughout the play. One of the more significant ones is love, which is demonstrated in different types, through various characters. Shakespeare is conveying the message that the occurrence of negative incidents will overthrow even the strongest feelings of love. The relationship between Othello and Desdemona, the brotherly love between the Moor and Cassio, and the fatherly care Brabantio shows towards his daughter all nevertheless lead to upsetting outcomes. Othello’s love for his wife turns to jealousy which leads to her murder, Cassio’s reckless behavior has Othello fire him even though the two are very close, and Brabantio is deceived by Desdemona despite the fact that he loves her dearly and wants the best for her. These three examples help greatly enforce Shakespeare’s theory on love.It is Othello’s adventurous life stories that attract Desdemona to him, and that eventually lead to their marriage. The two fall madly in love, and appear to be inseparable when Desdemona pleads to the Duke to allow her to accompany Othello to Cyprus. Othello expresses his emotions for Desdemona when 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 wakened death.” (Othello, II i, 181-184)However, once Iago begins planting false ideas in the General’s mind, the latter becomes increasingly envious of Cassio, and shows much needless anger and disgust towards his spouse. Once Othello is fully persuaded that Desdemona is cheating on him, he begins plotting her murder. He strangles her to death in their own bed as a result of his blind jealousy. Othello adores Desdemona, yet after undergoing vast changes because of Iago, he sees it as his duty to kill the foul “strumpet” he has for a wife. It is well demonstrated in this example that, although Othello and Desdemona start off as a loving couple, their fates both end in disastrous manners due to harmful external forces; in this case Iago’s lies and treachery.Othello portrays loving sentiments towards characters other than his wife, such as his close personal friend Cassio, whom he is affectionate for in an almost brotherly manner. This is made clear when the Moor promotes his comrade to the position of lieutenant. But Iago comes into play once again, boozing up Michael Cassio to the point where he begins a brawl with Roderigo, during which he wounds Montano, the governor of Cyprus. Othello then arrives to the scene, and once his ancient informs him of all that has taken places, he strips Cassio of his military rank and says: “Cassio, I love thee; / But never more be officer of mine.” (Othello, II iii, 247-248) Othello and Cassio show great affection towards one another, yet things take a wrong turn in their friendship in the presence...

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