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In Othello, everyone says Othello is lucky to wed the daughter of the rich Brabantio,...

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mommay | Honors

Posted November 13, 2013 at 3:50 AM via web

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In Othello, everyone says Othello is lucky to wed the daughter of the rich Brabantio, except Othello. Why is he not impressed?

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 13, 2013 at 7:37 AM (Answer #1)

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In Othello, Othello initially feels blessed by his marriage to Desdemona who chooses him over all others. He  is so confident of Desdemona's love  that he will stake his life on it - "Let your sentence Even fall upon my life"(I.iii.119) if Desdemona does not love him. However, he will later regret having married her as he thinks he has "ocular proof" (III.iii.364) that she has been unfaithful. Othello goes on to call Desdemona "a whore ...of villainous secrets."IV.ii.22) . Now his life looks "as grim as hell."(65)He would have been able to survive poverty or anything but not this, such that he has "garner'd up my heart."(58) Othello becomes very bitter and mocks Desdemona who he takes for "that cunning whore of Venice" (90) and suggests that she "keeps the gate of hell."(93)

Othello still loves Desdemona but "she must die."(V.ii.6) He is quite overcome and feels the burden and that he is "damned beneath all depth in hell." (140) He blames Desdemona for "this extremity." (142) When he realizes he has been fooled by "honest, honest" (157) Iago, he laments his situation; he an "honorable murderer." (297) He feels that he is "one that lov'd not wisely but too well" (347) who became "perplexed in the extreme."(349)


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