William Shakespeare 's ' Othello ' Essay

1125 Words Dec 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Despite, or even because, of the strength of his feelings Othello fears its ruin. The poetry here acknowledges a very real vulnerability that exists when people allow themselves to love another, and that love is returned. Desdemona, still somewhat innocent and to a certain extent naïve, answers; “The heavens forbid/But that our loves and comforts should increase/Even as our days do grow.” (1413, 2.1.192-194) and Othello seems comforted, “Amen to that, sweet powers!” (1413, 2.1.194). Maybe if Desdemona’s “days” had actually been allowed to grow, if Othello had not murdered her, the marriage may have been long-lasting and happy. Instead, the “almost” sonnet is followed by Iago’s ominous predictions, “O you are well tuned now!/But I’ll set down the pegs that make this music,/As honest as I am.” (1413, 2.1.198-200). The beauty of this “sonnet”, clashed with the lack of rhyme seems to mirror the sadness associated with pure love set against obstacles.
Undoubtedly, Othello and Desdemona’s marriage would have been very difficult as an inter-racial couple in the sixteenth century. Othello felt inadequate after having lived so many years in a racist society, Janet Adelman explains how race defines Othello,
..Shakespeare’s way of denaturalizing the tropes of race, so that we are made to understand Othello not as the “natural” embodiment of “Iago’s old black ram” gone insanely jealous but as a the victim of racist ideology everywhere visible in Venice, an ideology to which he is…

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