The Importance Of Love In Othello

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Love can cause people to sacrifice everything for the one they care most deeply for, sometimes the sacrifice even results in death. In Shakespeare’s Othello, Desdemona and Othello secretly get married, causing an uproar from her father, who threatens her death for her lying. However, their love prevails and they move to Othello’s new position, only to have a seed of doubt planted in Othello. A man tells Othello that Desdemona has been cheating on him with his second in command which is a lie, yet Othello falls for it. The lie slowly tears Othello apart and causes him to ruin his marriage. Yet, Desdemona stays true to her love for Othello through this hardship. In Othello by Shakespeare, Desdemona is characterized as the ideal woman, but she sacrifices her perfect reputation for her love for Othello.
At the beginning of Othello, Desdemona risks her image to marry Othello without her father’s permission; she is driven by her endless love for Othello. When Desdemona marries Othello, she neglects to ask for her father’s permission for the courtship and wedding. Desdemona’s love for Othello is so blinding and abundant that she forgets to ask the most important person who loves her for a blessing. This neglect of her loyalty to her father bring shame upon her father which makes him appear that he has no control over his household, implying weakness in his leadership. Desdemona and Othello’s courtship seriously offends Desdemona’s father which puts the both of their lives at risk.
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