Othello's Love

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Othello’s “Love” William Shakespeare’s play Othello is centered around the newly married couple Othello and Desdemona and the subsequent downfall of their “love,” this love is suggested by the characters to be “pure” and “true,” yet it just does not seem right. No one can truly love someone, and then kill him or her over a dispute without even listening to the others side. After looking into Othello’s story of how this love came to be, how quickly he believes Iago, and how their final encounter is handled, it is clear that Othello never truly loved Desdemona. Most importantly, Othello is happy not because he has found his soul mate; rather, he is happy because she fell in love with him. She fell in love with his stories that he told to her father, and consequently with him. When justifying their marriage he says her “father loved me, oft invited me, still questioning the story of my life” (1.3, 127-128) and continues that after a while her father was not the only one hanging on his every word, “she thank’d me, and bade me, if I had a friend that lov’d her, I should teach him how to tell my story and that would woo her” (1.3, 163-166). Othello clearly states that she began to love him through his stories, and he “lov’d her that she did pity them” (1.3, 167-168), proving that he did not love her really. He loved the attention that she gave him for his stories. He never got to know her; he does not love her for who she is. This is evident when he states, “he loves her” because she accepts him and praises him. He even says he thrives in his “fair lady’s love” (1.3,125). He loves her because she loves him. Another argument can be found in how quickly Othello falls into Iago’s trap. Yet, if Othello truly loves Desdemona, wouldn’t he go to her and question her? He wouldn’t simply rely on Iago’s word alone. Earlier, when Othello is convincing Brabanzio that he has not

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