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In this essay, it will be proven that the characters Othello, Desdemona and Iago, are all metaphorical representations of human emotions and characteristics. The character Othello, whose story is the focus of the play, starts out as a highly regarded general in the Venetian army who is greatly respected by the Duke of Venice. He is married to the lovely Desdemona, daughter of a senator, and is very much in love with her. The way he is treated by those who resent him for being a Moor evokes the audience's sympathy for him and makes him seem to be the victim in the story. It is only after he is in Cyprus, after his victory over the Turkish fleet, that he shows his true colors.
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The loss or misunderstanding of the major virtues in Othello lead to the tragic ending, but because Desdemona retains these virtues into her death, she allows them to be restored, and when the truth comes out, Othello dies to reclaim his honor and complete this restoration. The love between Othello, the Moor, and Desdemona, his wife, is strong from the outset of the play, and Othello relies on this love and on Desdemona’s loyalty. When Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, brings him before the senators, accusing him of corrupting Desdemona, Othello is so confident in her love for him that he offers his life if she says she does not love him: “If you do find me foul in her report, /…let your sentence/ Even fall upon my life” (I, iii, 117-19). He reaffirms this when Brabantio suggests that Desdemona will deceive him. Othello responds, “My life upon her faith” (I, iii, 289) Twice, then, he has trusted his life to Desdemona’s loyalty.
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