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Relationships in Othello

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jessica mark

on 17 April 2015

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Transcript of Relationships in Othello

Relationships in Othello
The love between Othello and Desdemona

Considered to have an ideal relationship despite being opposites

Love for each other is very immense
Love Between Iago and Emilia


Without needing to know the reason why Iago wanted Desdemona's handkerchief she still stole it to satisfy her husbands wants (BLIND trust)

Both characters call and reference the other with rude terms.
When Emilia talks about her husband, she calls him a stubborn man.
Iago complains his wife is loud and noisy.
He also calls his wife "foolish"

Between Desdemona and Othello,
and Iago and Emilia
All relationships have ups and downs, yet only the existence of love, trust, and loyalty will ultimately decide the overall outcome of these characters.
Othello and Desdemona
-(balanced) Started out with love but eventually turned to hate only on Othello's part.
Emilia and Iago
-Mostly hate all around
Not very close in terms of love
-communicated through others
-they were growing more distant within

Lack of trust

DISLOYALTY: In the Elizabethan era, male dominace was considered just or a right. The disobedience of a husband would be a sign of disgrace or unfaithfulness. Emilia was blamed for talking when her husband ordered not to.

CRITICIZING: Iago does not truly Emilia, nor does she truly love him.
Iago describes his wife as loud and very talkative.
You are.....OTHELLO
Congrats! you are Desdemona

Good job you are EMILIA..really?
D are Iago...
You are:
" Tis not a year or two shows us a man. They are all but stomachs, and when all but food; They eat us hungerly, and when they are full, they belch us." - EMILIA (Act 3.4. 103 - 106)
You are...
able to speak your mind
loyal to your friends
Analyzing all aspects of the relationship of these characters-- love, trust, and loyalty, each couple has both love and hate evident within their marriage. As a result, Iago and Emilia's is mostly comprised of hate, while Othello and Desdemona's is balanced.
-the beast started to plant its seed inside of Othello, he grew more distant from Desdemona and monstrous
“But I do love thee! And when I love thee not,/ Chaos is come again.” (III.iii.92–93)
-Desdemona was really loyal to Othello, it caused him to have even more suspicion and that fact ruined their everlasting love.
"Nobody. I myself. Farewell./
Commend me to my kind lord. Oh, farewell!"

You are...
two faced
"My wayward husband hath a hundred times wooed me to steal it."
EMILIA (Act 3.3)
Could have a "Perfect Love"

Thought they believed their love was true, it fit the definition of an "eros" type of love

The love in the relationship between Emilia and Iago is built on lies and secrets
Emilia thinks Iago is kind and honest but it is really just the opposite
As a result, they only love each other based on what they think the other person is.
"Sir, would she give you so much of her lips as of her tongue she oft bestows on me, you would have enough." - IAGO (Act 2.1 100)
"Why, that the Moor first gave to Desdemona, That which so often you did bid me steal" EMILIA (ACT 3.3)
Lack of Communication
: The relationship between Iago and Emilia was poor. Both characters saw the negative aspects of each other.
Conflicts were never resolved.

Trust was broken
: Iago expected Emilia to side with him in deceiving Othello throughout the play. However, Emilia decided to do what was right in the end.
Iago manipulated his wide in carrying out his cruel plan on Othello
Iago uses her wife like a pawn and it shows that he doesn't really care for her well-being.
"You told a lie, an odious damnèd lie!" - EMILIA (Act 5.2. 177)
You are..
easily jealous
lack trust in others
extremely caring
"But that I love the gentle Desdemona,
I would not my unhousèd free condition
Put into circumscription and confine
For the sea’s worth."
-Othello (1.2.25-28)
"Unkindness may do much,
And his unkindness may defeat my life,
But never taint my love."
-Desdemona (4.2.159-161)
“A thing for me? It is a common thing—To have a foolish wife.”
IAGO (Act 3.3)
"If any wretch have put this in your head
Let heaven requite it with the serpent’s curse "

EMILIA (Act 4.2)
By: Megan Chiu, Byron Luk, Jessica Mark, and Kristen Polintan
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