Meaning Of Symbolism In Othello

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The play “Othello” is one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, considering that tragedies were his most appealing attribute as a playwright (although many enjoyed his other work). This tale of a Moor who “loved too deeply” is one that shows how Othello’s promising love transforms into calamity by the seed of jealousy that was corruptly planted by the cruel, villainous Iago. The original name given is “The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice” but it is modernly referred to as simply “Othello”. The meaning of this title is merely that the entire tragedy is centered on one man and those he affects. The misfortune affects more than just Othello, but it is because of Othello and those who hate him, that catastrophe transpires.
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For Desdemona, the handkerchief represents Othello’s love because it was his token to her, while for Othello, the handkerchief symbolizes faithfulness and marital fidelity because his mother used it to keep Othello’s father faithful to her. In addition, the pattern of strawberries on white cloth of the handkerchief represents bloodstains from a virgin left on white bed sheets on the wedding night, also having the handkerchief represent virginity. The song “Willow” is about a woman who has been betrayed by her husband. Desdemona sings this song as she prepares for bed in Act V, and anticipates her death. Desdemona’s maid, Barbary, was the one to teach Desdemona the song. Barbary had suffered an unfaithful act from someone and died singing the song. For Desdemona, this song represents a sad and melancholy acceptance of Othello’s recent alienation of love and affection towards her. It also symbolizes Desdemona’s thoughts of infidelity. Lastly, before Othello smothers Desdemona, he blows out a candle. The candle symbolizes Desdemona’s life. Desdemona’s life is fragile as she went from belonging to her father, Brabantio, to belonging to her husband, Othello, for a short time. Othello makes the realization that he can blow out a candle numerous times, but can only kill Desdemona

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