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by William Shakespeare

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How does Shakespeare's play Othello show the theme of marriage?

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Othello shows that marriage is a more difficult relationship than one might expect. Othello, for example, a middle-aged, highly successful, and well-respected military commander, is an insecure husband. One might think a man who had been so successful would have more confidence in love, but Shakespeare illustrates that work and marriage are two separate spheres. Although Desdemona freely chooses him, it is still easy for Othello to doubt that someone as young and beautiful as she is could truly love someone older and black like him. His insecurities are his undoing, for he trusts the evil and manipulative...

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