Othello Shakespeare Essay

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Many inquire into the question of why Othello killed Desdemona and centralize the tragedy around Othello, this tragic hero. However, my personal context has forced me to focus on why Desdemona had to die. In saying this, I believe her death to be outrageous and thus begin to make judgments and question Othello’s actions. These largely reflect how women were seen in the patriarchal society which are difficult to understand with a 21st century mindset where gender inequality is not so prominent.
The play seems to also be showing us that profane love is sure to fail. Profane love in the Elizabethan society was largely derived from how love was portrayed and the way women were seen. It is ...view middle of the document...

However well that goes, if the relationship is not solid in the first place, all that needs to happen is a little force to shake the relationship and in the play, this force came in the form of Iago, the “demi-devil”.
It does not seem to me that they loved each other in the same way “She loved me for the dangers I had pass’d/ and I loved her that she did pity them” This goes against how love is portrayed in our society, to be a mutual feeling between two people. Othello and Desdemona had many dynamic conflicts within their relationship; difference in age, social class, different levels of trust and social training, all this made manipulation on Iago’s part relatively easy. Once the relationship was shaken, Othello immediately begins to doubt. This lead to violence and brutal treatment towards Desdemona which would send a modern woman running in the other direction however it was Desdemona’s ‘duty’ to accept it. However it is not all different as we still receive countless reports of domestic violence within marriages. He readily believed that Desdemona, a woman, could be unfaithful. This then, already signs her death certificate because as we can see, nothing a woman says or do can change the way he thinks. This is shown in when Othello questions Emilia about Desdemona and Cassio’s interactions. “I durst my lord, to wager she is honest/If you think other remove your thought/ If any wretch have put this in your head,/let heaven requite it with the serpent’s curse!” This had no effect at all on Othello showing that however confident Emilia was in her...

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