Essay on William Shakespeare 's Othello - True Love Defeated

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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 class, she decides to marry Othello. Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, says, “And [Desdemona], in spite of nature, of years, of country, credit, everything, to fall in love with what she feared to look on” (1.3.114-116). Desdemona acts against her conventional racial background and chooses to marry Othello, a black person who wants to reach out of the Venetian army. Desdemona’s behavior towards her father elucidates that Othello does not qualify to fit into her family. Furthermore, the public regards this marriage as “Against all rules of nature” (1.3.119). Resisting the nature of social stereotype vanishes Desdemona’s peaceful life and leads people to believe that Othello uses black magic on Desdemona “If she in chains of magic were not…

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