Love In Othello Essay

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Love in Othello

However strong the emotional attitude of prejudices may be in Othello, Love is the most powerful emotion and ironically the emotion that leads to the most vulnerability. Loves of all kinds are tested in the tragedy and ultimately all fail to rectify the horrible situation. Marital love for Othello and Desdemona serve as both a heaven and a hell on earth. As Othello portrays by saying,

If I were now to die
'Twere now to be most happy; for I fear
My soul hath her content so absolute
That not another comfort like unto
Succeeds in unknown fate. (act 2.1 188-191)

Such statement gives mixed messages suggesting happiness yet weariness about the future. Susan Snyder has cited the same irony in Othello’s statement "… Othello celebrate his peak of joy, yet so markedly his invocations of death and fear make us apprehensive" ("Beyond the Comedy" Critical interpretations 24). Emilia’s love for her husband, Iago, leaves her nothing but regret and deep despair. Emilia, out of love for her husband, Iago, betrays Desdemona and steals her precious handkerchief. Emilia does this "to please Iago’s fancy"( 3.3 lines 290-295). By the time Emilia realizes her horrible mistake, Desdemona is dead which could possibly be partly due to Emilia's misgivings. Cassio’s love and admiration for Othello leaves him constantly striving to regain Othello’s love and respect. Even after being demoted by Othello, Cassio still loves and shows the utmost respect for Othello by saying "I would rather sue to be despised than to deceive/ so good a commander with… so drunken…officer." Love is the central emotional attitude in the play, Othello. Yet, love does not help the characters workout their problems.

Feelings of insecurities, in the characters, further develop out of their love or attachment to a certain character character. Othello is already insecure about his place in Venetian society, but to face losing Desdemona love to a younger white male is just too much for him. Susan Snyder states "Barbantio, Iago and finally Othello see the love Between Othello and Desdemona as unnatural, ‘nature erring from it self’." Othello expresses this through his statement,

. . . Haply for I am black
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