Desdemona's Marriage In Othello

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Ben Jonson, an English playwright of the seventeenth century, predicted Shakespeare’s future when he said, “He was not at an age, but for all time!” in the preface to the First Folio (Why Study Shakespeare?). That is easy to understand why Ben said so. Shakespeare is a well-known English playwright, who possesses a huge treasure of literature, including excellent dramas, comedies, romances, and tragedies. His pieces of work such as Romeo And Juliet; King Lear; The Winter’s Tale; Othello, the Moor of Venice; Twelfth Night; Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and so many others are not only known by his brilliant manipulation of scenes, characters, and language, but also their humanity meanings in life. Othello, the Moor of Venice is a typical play, which…show more content…
I can see the conflict between Othello and Desdemona’s father, Brabantio. Although at the beginning, Brabantio likes Othello and invites him to go to his house many times, he never thinks that Othello will “steal” his daughter and get married to her secretly. In Brabantio’s case, he is a rich and important Venetian politician. He has a powerful position in society, thus it is unacceptable for him to let Desdemona marry Othello, a different skin color person even though he received the favor from the duke and most senators. Barbantio seems like a selfish father. He wants to arrange a marriage for his daughter. He is a “special” father when thinking his daughter was “stolen” as an object by Othello “She is abus’d, stol’n from me, and corrupted/ By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks;” (I.ii.68-69). This marriage is pretty rare in literature; a black man marries a white beautiful rich woman. It also makes Shakespeare to be a talented playwright. He makes a creative combination between Othello and Desdemona. He showed the audiences that woman in general and Desdemona specifically can have a voice and decision in her marriage “That I did love the Moor to live with him . . . / By his dear absence. Let me go with him” (I.iii.…show more content…
Othello is built into hero image, but I realize he does not get the “real” respect from everyone. For example, Iago and Roderigo call him “the thick-lips” (I.i.67), “an old black ram” (I.i.91), “a Barbary horse” (I.i.118). Indeed, if there is no interference by the duke, Desdemona’s father will not let Desdemona go to the island with Othello. Brabantio unwillingly lets his daughter go, and said: “Look to her, Moor, if thou has eyes to see; / She has deceiv’d her father, and may thee” (I.iii.313-314). Talking about Desdemona’s position, she is so nice that accepts Othello’s difference with all her heart while everybody seems to be against him. Even her last breath is to protect her husband from being murdered “Nobody; myself” (V.ii.138). That detail tells us how much she loves her husband. She sacrifices even though her husband is unreasonably angry. Shakespeare also uses racism as one of the reasons for the consequence: Othello’s suicide. Regardless of the fact of his being a hero, there are still some cruel influences wanting to ruin his career because “he is

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