Explore the Presentation of Love as Shown by Othello and Desdemona in Act 1 Scene 3. Lines 49- 295.

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Explore the presentation of love as shown by Othello and Desdemona in Act 1 scene 3. Lines 49 ( 295.

Othello is a play based on love and rivalry. It is a romantic tragedy, a popular writing topic for Shakespeare. In this essay I will be discussing how love is portrayed between Othello and Desdemona. To effectively show the level of love between Othello and Desdemona Shakespeare must use different techniques, including language and structure. Features like these can decipher the love between Othello and Desdemona.

As we don’t straight away meet Othello we have to listen and trust the words of Iago and Brabantio. From their conversation in Act 1 Scene 1. We therefore misjudge the characters and see Othello as the malcontent and Iago as
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The threat of war plays a major part in the relationship of Othello and Desdemona. From the start of the marriage war has interrupted and created many problems. Brabantio and Desdemona’s relationship becomes a love triangle with war at the peak. You see that Othello has no objections to returning to war, but insists on Desdemona accompany him. The threat of war highlights the true affection Othello and Desdemona feel for each other. Although Desdemona is surrounded by powerful men, she stills stands up for what she needs:
“That I do love the moor to live with him” and “Let me go with him.”
Her tone of voice when she speaks of such matters is very authorative. Even though war nearly separated Othello and Desdemona they both show the significance of their love. The threat of war shows elements of a Shakespearean tragedy. Othello is seen as the tragic hero and like in all Shakespeare plays the hero faces significant choices that will change his life. The choice to take Desdemona to war with him could distract him from his duty or could make his and Desdemona’s bond stronger than ever. War creates a lot of tension and could have caused many problems if not handled like it was with Othello.

It seems that Duke supports the relationship with Othello and Desdemona, rather than condemning it. His acceptance allows them to go the war together; possible saving and strengthening their relationship. Although he is lenient towards their relationship he does enforce


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