Marriage Relationships Essay

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Darla Parker Mrs. Meigs English 102 May 10, 2010 Marriage Relationships in “My Last Duchess” and Othello Both Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess” and William Shakespeare’s Othello both revolve around love, control, and jealously. In comparing the marriage relationships between these two, the connection is profoundly obvious. In 1955, Dr. John Gray published a very popular book, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” This book describes how men and women communicate within a committed relationship, how each sex wants and looks for an uncommon set of responses from their partner, and how miscommunication comes from the different reactions based on gender. Similarly, in both William Shakespeare’s play Othello and Robert Browning’s poem “My Last Duchess,” both of the men involved chose to take the lives of their wives, when their decisions were based purely on emotional feelings. Whereas Othello ends up taking his own life out of guilt, in “The Last Duchess,” the Duke shows very little sorrow. In Othello, Shakespeare really makes us reflect on what love actually is, and when it can and cannot exist. If we were to listen to what this play says about relationships, it would give us the impression that marriage based on an innocent romantic love is certain to fall short. Othello and Desdemona appear to love each other romantically, but throughout the play, it is apparent that this romance is more of a disrespectful love. This is because there is no establishment for a relationship. There is no trust, no communication, and no understanding. Othello spent most of his life on the battle field, where he was portrayed as a hero. This did not make him an expert on everything else, primary a relationship. Othello is quoted saying, “Rude am I in my speech and little bless’d with the soft phrase of peace, For since these arms of mine had seven year’ pith,
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