In Othello, how does the willow tree song relate to betrayal? What are the connections of betrayal and the willow tree as a symbol? 

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The willow tree song that Desdemona sings tells the story of a maid who dies because of love, of a broken heart.  As Desdemona sings it, the song merges into her own story, although she has no awareness that she will die soon, too, because of Othello's jealous love.  So, on the most obvious level, the song functions as foreshadowing

The willow tree is a popular symbol of sadness, often called the "weeping willow." As we tend to lean downward, in a slump, when we are sad or depressed, the tree, leaning downward, resembles a...

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