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Love/Hate Othello

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Love/Hate Othello

Love and Hate 2 Sides of the Very same Coin In love comes an exponentially huge range of feelings that can all reveal themselves at one time or another. Among those feelings that comes with love is hatred. Walter Raleigh when said, “Hatreds are the cinders of love.” If you can discover feelings of hate towards someone you like, it is because you truly enjoy them. This is why Othello has a lot hate towards Desdemona in act III. In act III, Iago plants the idea in Othello’s head that his other half, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio.

Iago acts reluctant to respond to Othello when he asks him if he feels Cassio is trustworthy, however it is all a performance put on to get in Othello’s head. Thoughts race through Othello’s head on why Desdemona would ever cheat on him, drawing out his deepest insecurities. Haply for I am black, And have not those soft parts of conversation That chamberers have; or for I am declined Into the vale of years– yet that’s not much– She’s gone. I am abused, and my relief Should be to hate her. O curse of marriage,

That we can call these fragile creatures ours And not their cravings! I had rather be a toad And live upon the vapor of a dungeon Than keep a corner in the important things I enjoy For others’ usages. Yet’t is the plague of excellent ones; Prerogatived are they less than the base. ‘T is fate unshunnable, like death. (III. iii. 267– 279) The thought of these self declared “defects” makes him bring up sensations of anger and hatred, making him question if Desdemona ever really loved him or lied to him all along.

However, deep down, he still has nothing however love for her. Othello only wants to eliminate Desdemona and not Cassio since he feels as if she betrayed him. There was never ever any real relationship in between Cassio and Othello aside from the military, so he doesn’t feel the same hatred towards him just like Desdemona. Othello feels that if he is not worthwhile to be with Desdemona, then no one is. He loves her a lot that he desires her all to himself. Self-centered? Yes.

Does it imply Othello does not love Desdemona? No, the precise reverse. It is his terrific love for Desdemona which drives him to do such crazy things and have such ridiculous ideas. In the end, regardless of his actions, Othello loves Desdemona with all of his heart. Never ever prior to this existed any problem in their marriage, only romantic, gleeful times. This shows that hatred and love can, in reality, exist together. Hatred and love might be polar opposites, but as they state, opposites attract.

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