How Does Othello Love Desdemona

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Othello’s Love for Desdemona The love between two people brought together by marriage is often honest and genuine. Despite the fact that they are married, this is not the case for Othello and Desdemona. Othello’s love for his wife is questionable. Othello by William Shakespeare is able to display Othello’s unfaithful love for Desdemona through Othello’s feelings of jealousy, their relationship built upon pity, and Desdemona’s death. To start off, Iago has plans to persuade Othello that there is love between Desdemona and Cassio so Othello would feel jealous. For Othello to fall for Iago’s clever thinking, he must lack trust for his wife. After Othello asks Iago to prove the affair between Desdemona and Cassio, Othello says, “By the world,…show more content…
Othello was able to win Desdemona over by telling her his life stories. Desdemona tells the Duke that she fell in love with his stories rather than his looks: “I saw Othello’s visage in his mind” (I.iii.287). The reason why Othello falls in love with Desdemona was not because of her, but because of her pity for the adventures he had been on. He tells the Duke, First Senator, and Desdemona’s father, Brabantio that he appreciates how Desdemona fell in love with his stories: “She loved me for the dangers I had pass’d, / And I loved her that she did pity them” (I.iii.194 – 195). Another reason for his false feelings toward Desdemona is because of her beauty. Before killing Desdemona, he tells her while she is asleep, “Be thus when thou art dead, and I will kill thee / And love thee after. One more, and this the last” (V.ii.20 – 21). Othello is telling Desdemona that he will love her even after she is dead if she is still as beautiful as she is now. These two examples illustrate how Othello is only in love with her pity for his stories and her beauty, rather than her…show more content…
If he truly loves Desdemona, he would not choose the death of her to be the punishment for cheating. Many might argue that his love for her is real due to his speech and kisses for Desdemona as he enters her room, and how he says he is going to love her even when she dies. Although this is all valid, tragedy for Desdemona is a choice made and performed by Othello. As Iago and Othello discussed about how to kill Cassio and Desdemona, Othello says, “Ay, let her rot, and perish, and be damned to-night; for she shall not live: no, my heart is turned to stone; I strike it, and it hurts my hand” (IV.i.200 – 202). Here, Othello says that his heart is as hard as a stone, which means that he does not have feelings toward Desdemona, thus, results in his decision to kill

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