Why did the relationship between Desdemona and Othello fail?

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I think that you can pull out many reasons from the play as to why their relationship ends up failing.  The most basic of them might lie in the fact that Othello really holds some fundamental flaws in his own view of self.  Shakespeare might be making a statement that...

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I think that you can pull out many reasons from the play as to why their relationship ends up failing.  The most basic of them might lie in the fact that Othello really holds some fundamental flaws in his own view of self.  Shakespeare might be making a statement that relationships won't find success unless both individuals are in a relatively secure sense of their own sense of self.  Othello possesses much in way of self doubt and personal insecurity, making him virtually unworkable to endure the challenges of marriage.  Othello is so enamored with the idea that someone like Desdemona would be in love with someone like him that he cannot comprehend how the practical and daily elements of this love would look.  At the same time, there is a barrier of communication that exists between them.  No doubt that this is due to Iago, but in a larger sense, there is little in way of open and clear discourse between them.  One almost gets the impression that if they were able to simply "clear the air" between them, much of what is happening could be averted.  Yet, their communication skills on an interpersonal level are lacking and this is what enables them to fall into such a despairing condition in terms of their relationship falling apart.

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