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Analysis of Othello’s Love for Desdemona


I agree that Othello’s love for Desdemona was unwise and foolish but he loved her very dearly. Othello was a very good leader and had earned respect for his excellent leadership traits in his community, but he lacked the sense of true judgment when it came to relationships. His passion and exemplary love for Desdemona reflects throughout the play. He loves and caresses her like a flower, but is caught in the evil machinations of Iago and ends up losing faith in Desdemona. After Othello realizes what an abominable and heinous mistake he has made by suffocating his honest and faithful wife to death, he claims that to have “loved not wisely, but too well” (Shakespeare 94). One of the reasons I believe Othello when he claims this is that a person in such a state of mind as Othello was after murdering Desdemona cannot possibly lie. He was too taken aback after learning the truth to manipulate his thoughts or deceive anybody including himself. He was speaking from the core of his heart and every word was true. What makes Othello unwise is his susceptibility to jealousy. There is no compatibility between his foolish credulousness and the ability to love his wife wisely. Another factor that highlights Othello’s foolishness is the fact that he did not give Desdemona the benefit of doubt. He should have given Desdemona at least one chance of defending herself before he could decide whether he should still murder her or spare her. However, the fact that he murdered Desdemona provides another evidence of his extreme love for her, because a true lover can take anything but such unfaithfulness from his mistress.

Works Cited:
Shakespeare, William. Othello. Saddleback Publishing, 2003. Print.

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