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The Relationship Between Othello And Desdemona

1469 words - 6 pages

The Relationship Between Othello and Desdemona

We first learn of there being a relationship between Othello and
Desdemona when Iago and Roderigo are telling Roderigo (Desdemona's
Father), that ''an old black ram is tupping your white ewe''. This is
referring to Othello and Desdemona having sexual intercourse, and
shortly after hearing this, we become informed that Desdemona is ''Tying
her duty, Beauty, Wit, and Fortunes In an extravagant and wheeling
stranger''. This suggests to us that Desdemona is considering the idea
of marrying Othello. This thought is confirmed at the beginning of Act
one Scene Two, during a conversation between Othello and Iago, and
then further on in the scene when Iago informs Cassio that Othello ''hath
boarded a land carack:'' We meet Othello on the night of their
wedding, which they are spending in an inn called the 'Sagittary'. On
this same night, we learn that Othello and Desdemona's Marriage is not
approved of by Brabantio, and that Desdemona has had many possible
suitors but has turned them down. In general, when we look at the
scene, which is set for us, many people may have feel that this is an
unnatural marriage. There are a couple of reasons for this:

(a) The fact that their marriage was in secret - Othello had no right
to marry Desdemona without getting Brabantio's permission. Othello and
Desdemona should have known that Brabantio would be angry at the
marriage because he had not been asked for it's permission, and had no
idea of it's possibility. In the time of this play being written,
Othello had no right to choose her own husband, and from what we learn
her father had turned down many suitor's because Desdemona had claimed
that she was not interested in marriage at the time. We do know though
that Othello and Desdemona's marriage is based on passion and not
reason, and this may explain some of the secrecy and suddenness of
their marriage.

(b) Another aspect for the marriage to be considered unnatural is the
fact that Othello is so much older than Desdemona, and of a different
race. To us this may not seem unnatural, but at the time, this was
very uncommon. Even those in the play, who are not racist, would find
it more natural for Desdemona to be attracted to a younger, white man,
similar to herself. The Venetians were racist, which makes it a very
unnatural marriage in their eyes. This causes most people to feel that
the marriage is wrong.

Both Othello and Desdemona have very strong characters. They are both
sure of their love for each other. Neither Othello nor Desdemona is
ashamed of the relationship.

Desdemona is a strong character, and many people do not realise this,
while others do. She shows us her strong character when she stands up
to the Venetian council and informs them that she wants to go Cyprus
with her newly wedded...

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