Romeo And Juliet And Othello Essay

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Othello is known to all of Venice as an outsider because of his Moorish background, but his military status demanded the highest respect. The play Othello by William Shakespeare was originally written in the year 1604, and its first folio was released in 1623. Shakespeare based his play Othello on Cinthio’s popular tale; therefore, the two stories follow a similar plot line of betrayal and most importantly, love. I argue that William Shakespeare used the characters Othello and Desdemona to display true romantic love that loves without bounds; however, the love they share was ultimately sacrificed. Othello has a deep and passionate love for his dear wife Desdemona, but there are many people in Venice that are strongly against their marriage. The conflict originally arises because Othello is different that Desdemona in race and age. Above all hate, Othello says, “But that I love the gentle Desdemona, I would not my unhoused free condition put into…show more content…
The love between Othello and Desdemona is comparable to Romeo and Juliet in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. Othello loves Desdemona and he wants to build a life with her just as Romeo does with Juliet. The two couples’ relationship is not approved by anyone in their communities. In both plays, the main characters are deeply in love and it is that true love that leads to their unfortunate end. Love blinds the mind and causes us to do things that we typically would not imagine doing. The sacrifice of life for another is one of the highest displays of love. Othello confesses to Desdemona’s unconditional love in Act 1, “She loved me for the dangers I had past, and I loved her that she did pity them. This only is the witchcraft I have used. Here comes the lady; let her witness it” (1.3.166-1.3.169). This profession of love from Othello is important because he denies the fact that he used any witchcraft to seduce

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