Othello and Desdemona

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Othello and Desdemona’s Relationship Othello and Desdemona's relationship was doomed from the start. There were several reasons to why this relationship between a Venetian Woman and a Black Man wouldn't work and the audience could see this from the beginning. The first step to this doomed relationship was Brabantio; Desdemona's father. In Act I Scene 1 Brabantio disapproves of Desdemona and Othello's relationship due to one main reason - Othello's race. "An old black ram is tupping your white ewe". By Iago saying this to Brabantio, he is stirring things up and is trying to cause a rift between Desdemona and Othello. By Shakespeare using the colours "black" and "white", he has two meanings for it. Firstly, he is showing the audience the colours of both races and secondly he is making it out to be that Othello is not pure using the term "black". Shakespeare uses the term "ewe" to describe Desdemona because a ewe is thought to be a female sheep that cannot be touched. He uses "white" to show Desdemona's purity and innocence. Venetian women are thought to be flirtatious and loose but by describing Desdemona as a "white ewe", Iago is trying to make Brabantio think that Othello has trapped his perfect daughter. By using this, Shakespeare has already prepared the audience for what is to come later on in the play. The next reason for this break up was Iago. Shakespeare needed someone to poison this relationship and chose Iago for it. Iago plays around with Othello and Brabantio's mind. Firstly he portrays Desdemona to be having an affair with Cassio. "The moor is of a free and open nature that thinks men honest that but seem to think so..." He shows us that Othello is of a very open nature and will believe whatever he is told. Iago takes advantage of this and his actions show us he is evil and sly. Secondly, Iago tries to make Brabantio more furious about this

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