Othello slaps Desdemonaher Uncle objects so strongly explain how in this scene the drama " Othello" has the capacity to mirror societal institutions such as " the state" that the Duke claims "would...

Othello slaps Desdemona

her Uncle objects so strongly explain how in this scene the drama " Othello" has the capacity to mirror societal institutions such as " the state" that the Duke claims "would not believe" that Othello struck Desdemona and would not apologize for it even when she started weeping.

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This scene parallels the double victory that Othello achieved in Act I when he was appointed general in Cyprus and given permission to marry Desdemona.  He was so loving of his bride then.

Now, in Act IV, Othello is decommissioned by the Duke, and his striking of Desdemona signals the end of his relationship with her.  And now, his cruelty confirms suspicions (at least in Brabantio's eyes) that he is indeed a savage at heart.  The Duke will hardly believe it.

When Lodovico brings the letter, telling Othello to return to Venice and Michael Cassio appointed to take his position, Desdemona says she is glad to return home.  To Othello, this further implicates her as loving Cassio.  Not only does he lose his wife, but he loses his position to who he thinks is his wife's lover.  The double loss of status is too much for Othello to bear.  His jealousy rages.

This culminates Iago's plan of revenge against the Moor.  Iago only has to kill Cassio and Othello Desdemona for him to be the last man standing, alone to rule Cyprus.