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Did Othello love Desdemona?

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Roxanna Ballinas

on 8 June 2015

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Transcript of Did Othello love Desdemona?

The Tragedy of Othello
The Murder of Desdemona
Othello kills his own wife that he is so "madly in love with" because Iago claimed that she is cheating on him with Cassio. Othello didn't even confirm anything with Cassio or Desdemona, for some reason he had a lot of trust in Iago. It is not possible to love someone so much and end up suffocating them. Othello shows no mercy to Desdemona when he is committing the crime.
Othello has no trust in Desdemona
Even though Iago is providing NO EVIDENCE of Desdemona cheating on Othello, he still believes him.
The way Othello talks about Desdemona after finding out she is cheating
By Roxanna Ballinas


5.2.73-76:
"And you have mercy too. I never did
offend you in my life, never loved Cassio
But with such general warranty of heaven
as I might love. I never gave him token."
Desdemona is begging Othello that he doesn't kill her. She swears that she didn't give Cassio her "love token" that Othello had given her.
3.3.490:
"I'll tear her all to pieces."
Right after Othello was told that Desdemona was cheating on him the way he talked about his wife changed completely. He even says some violent things about what he would end up doing to her. Othello also calls Desdemona a whore. He has no respect for Desdemona at all.
The Tragedy of Othello
was written by William Shakespeare, The play is about the moor of Venice (Othello) and his wife Desdemona. It's a story about love and jealousy that ends with many deaths because of lost of communication, trust, and deception. Othello is deceived by Iago; the person that he trusted the most, who said that Desdemona was cheating on Othello. Othello believes him because he sees Cassio with the "love token" he had given Desdemona. Iago makes Othello think that Desdemona is in love with Cassio, which then caused the murder of his wife.

Thesis I have developed:

Othello didn't really love Desdemona like he said he did.
Did Othello love Desdemona?

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To Conclude:
Background on Othello:
Othello ends up killing Desdemona
Othello does not trust Desdemona
Othello talks about Desdemona with hatred
3.4.541-545
"Damn her, lewd minx! Oh, damn her, damn her!
Come, go with me apart. I will withdraw
To furnish me with some swift means of death
For the fair devil. Now art thou my lieutenant."
Throughout the play Othello clearly shows that he doesn't have trust or respect for Desdemona. It is clear he doesn't love her because he ends up killing her, without any proof that she was unfaithful, and he talks about her with no respect.
The handkerchief in Cassio's hand is not enough to show Desdemona is sleeping with him.
Othello never bothered to ask Desdemona if she was cheating on him with Cassio, when she said she wasn't guilty, Othello did not believe one word she said.
Othello had a lot of trust in Iago, who was lying for his own good.
Motif:
Jealousy:
Othello is jealous of Cassio, he thinks Desdemona is in love with him.
Iago is jealous of Cassio's spot as lieutenant.
Roderigo is jealous of Othello being married to the beautiful Desdemona which who he lusts over.
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