Some have found him stupid beyond redemption; others have described him as a passionate being overwhelmed by powerful emotion; still others have found him self-pitying and insensitive to the enormity of his actions.
He loathes Desdemona but needs her love. Like the audience, Desdemona seems able only to watch as her husband is driven insane with jealousy.
Edgar Stoll has argued that the extraordinary success of Iago in convincing other characters of his fabrications is simply a matter of the conventional ability of the Renaissance villain.
She will be as obedient as a wife should be, and he should remember that she's doing her part in this relationship, so that he can also remember that he should do his part.
Just as he had believed that his murder of Desdemona was divine retribution, he now believes that his suicide is a just act.
The immediate attraction between the couple works on passion, and Desdemona builds on that passion a steadfast devotion whose speed and strength Othello cannot equal.
Then, to prove that he will never change his mind, Othello kneels and makes his vow of revenge to heaven. If a woman said such a thing today, we might scorn her as an enabler of her husband's abuse, but it's likely that Shakespeare intends to show her strength, not her weakness.
Othello already had some suspicions concerning Desdemona due to their different racial background. Othello finds that love in marriage needs time to build trust, and his enemy works too quickly for him to take that time. The phrase "let him come when he will" means that Cassio can come talk to him at any time, and it's implied that Cassio will then get his job back.
Besides that, he's black and approaching the age of thirty-five. For such a manipulator, Othello, a good man out of his cultural element, is the perfect target. She, not Othello, asks Emilia to put her wedding sheets on the bed, and she asks Emilia to bury her in these sheets should she die first.
Iago thinks he knows jealousy, having rehearsed it in his relationship with Emilia to the extent that Emilia believes jealousy is part of the personality of men, but Iago's jealously is a poor, weak thought compared to the storm of jealousy he stirs up in Othello.
Since her first lines, Desdemona has seemed capable of meeting or even rising above those demands. Intense love delves into intense hate.
Othello is the perfect victim because he bases his opinions and his human relationships on intuition rather than reason. As she leaves, she has one last thing for him to consider: A "wretch" is a miserable, low-down person, but in calling Desdemona "excellent wretch" Othello means what the British mean when they smile and call someone a "cheeky beggar.
Her relationship with Othello is one of love, and she is deliberately loyal only to her marriage.The use of diction like ‘peace’ and ‘love’ shows his deep and pure trust in their everlasting love at the beginning of the play.
However the contrast is displayed in act four scene one, as Othello’s uncontrollable and empowering jealously transformed him into a savage and irrational character.
Explore how Othello changes throughout the play In order to understand how Othello changes throughout the play, we have to first take a look at the types of the relationships in the play as his behaviour changes directly links to the influences by the other people whom he has deep relationships.
Othello lost his mother when he was young and was therefore very lonely. Othello wanted to feel loved and appreciated. Othello wanted to build his reputation in order to be accepted by the Venetian society.
He wanted to use Desdemona in order to do so. Love is when one person has a deep connection.
When Othello’s faith in Desdemona’s love for him begins to crumble, his complexion is the first thing he blames: ‘Haply, for I am black, / And have not those soft parts of conversation / That chamberers have’ (–5).
Cassio is a smooth-talking Venetian courtier, the opposite of Othello in many respects, which is why Othello admires him. Othello is led to believe that Cassio has had an affair with his wife, though Cassio has only honorable intentions toward Desdemona. Othello. Task two, Othello This play presents several opposing views of love and marriage.
What are these views and who expresses them? Iago is really jealous of Othello because he has Desdemona. However, Iago does not want Desdemona, he just envies Othello for the sake of it.
Iago is jealous of Cassio too because Cassio got the promotion that Iago wanted.Download