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Summary of Othello and Desdemona

2 Pages 552 Words June 2020

In William Shakespeare's play Othello, a deceptive man named Iago plots a master plan to deceive the intrepid man Othello, and others close to him as well. One major theme of this play is that love is a force that overcomes large obstacles but is tripped up by small ones.
At the beginning of Shakespeare’s play, Othello and Desdemona’s relationship is strong and passionate. A quote that points towards this occurs when Desdemona chooses Othello over her father. Desdemona begins by saying, “But here’s my husband. And so much duty as my mother showed to you, preferring you before her father, so much I challenge that I may profess due to the Moor my lord” (1.3.184-188). In this quote, Desdemona explains that she now will give obedience to her husband, Othello, and not her father. This evinces that Desdemona loves Othello enough to overcome a large obstacle in her father’s disapproval and go as far to humiliate him in public.
Still, in the early stages of the play, it is clear that Desdemona loves Othello more than anything. A quote that hints at this happen when Desdemona expresses how dauntless she is while fighting for the approval to go to Cyprus with Othello: "That I did love the Moor to live with him, my downright violence and storm of fortunes may trumpet to the world. My heart’s subdued Even to the very quality of my lord. I saw Othello’s visage in his mind, and to his honors and his valiant parts did I my soul and fortunes consecrate. So that, dear lords, if I am left behind a month of peace, and he goes to the war, the rites for which I love him are bereft me, and I a heavy interim shall support by his dear absence. Let me go with him"(1.3.243-254). In this quote, Desdemona explains to the Duke how badly she wants to be with Othello by the way she violently threw away her old life to be with him. Overcoming yet another large obstacle and giving a strong point on why she should be with her husband at Cyprus. This demo...

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