True Love Defeated In Othello By William Shakespeare

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True Love Defeated
Othello, by William Shakespeare, illustrates Othello and Desdemona’s love and the tragedy behind it. They oppose to the will of Desdemona’s father and get married. However, Iago’s tricks leads Othello to murder Desdemona. Shakespeare points out that although Othello and Desdemona belong to different social classes, have different backgrounds and races, they still hold true love between each other.
Othello and Desdemona, with different racial backgrounds, live in a time that racism occurs commonly in the grand Venice. The whites disrespect black people because they fear that the blacks will spoil them with their dirty backgrounds. Despite the fact that Desdemona, a white girl, has the privilege to enjoy a reputation of high
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The conflicting backgrounds between Othello and Desdemona link them up together. Othello’s moor adventurous tales have deeply earned Desdemona’s love. Othello claims his love towards Desdemona that “She lov 'd me for the dangers I had pass 'd, And I lov 'd her that she did pity them” ( I.3.193-194 ). Even the duke says that "I think this tale would win my daughter too" (I.3, 171). Desdemona’s background prevents her from perceiving the outside world and she is “bound for life and education” (1.3.210). As a result, Othello’s experience fulfills Desdemona’s curiosity to the outside world. Desdemona knows to appreciate and pity Othello’s tales with her own knowledge, and Othello’s masculinity has earned Desdemona’s heart. They strive to overcome the barriers of distinct backgrounds. Therefore, Desdemona gives Othello a hint that “If [Othello] had a friend that loved her, [Othello] should but teach him how to tell [his] story” (1.3.190-191). Othello and Desdemona’s respect and understanding toward each other help them develop an unbreakable …show more content…
Othello as a soldier marries Desdemona, a rich and important Venetian politician daughter. Unlike Desdemona, Othello as a soldier does not receive high-leveled education. People always describe Desdemona as a heavenly goddess with a delicate heart “a maid so tender, fair and happy” (1.2.85-86). Moreover, Othello as a soldier has ill temper and never behaves like a gentleman. When he is summoned to the court, he explains to the duke that “Rude am I in my speech, and little blessed with the soft phrase of peace; for since these arms of mine had seven years’ pith” (1.3.96-97). Othello’s harsh speaking tone indicates his incapability of presenting himself in a gentle way. It alludes that Othello has no formal education because of his tragic background. People judge this marriage as unfairness to Desdemona, rather than to Othello. The rumor does not affect the love that Desdemona has for Othello. Desdemona tolerates all of Othello’s shortcoming, which provides evidence of their true love.
Shakespeare creates the tragedy, Othello, to show the true love between Othello and Desdemona. Even though they might not hold hands together to the end, they still attempt to fight against many abusive criticisms from the society and family. They may not be well matched in other’s eyes because of their differences in races, life experiences and social statuses. However, they overcome all the difficulties and finally get married.

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