Othello And Desdemona Worship Or Desire One Another, No Middle Ground Torquay Girls' Grammar School Essay

1598 words - 7 pages

‘As lovers, Othello and Desdemona either worship or despise one another. There is no middle ground.’
In the light of this view, discuss how Shakespeare presents Othello and Desdemona’s attitudes towards one another in this extract and elsewhere in the play.
OTHELLO Why, what art thou?
Your wife, my lord; your true and loyal wife.
Come, swear it; damn thyself;
Lest being like one of heaven, the devils themselves
Should fear to seize thee. Therefore be double-damned:
Swear thou art honest.
DESDEMONA Heaven doth truly know it.
Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.
To whom, my lord? With whom? How am I false?
Ah, Desdemon! Away, away, away!
Alas, the heavy day! Why do you weep?
Am I the motive of these tears my lord?
If haply you my father do suspect
An instrument of this your calling back,
Lay not your blame on me. If you have lost
I have lost him too.
OTHELLO Had it pleased heaven
To try me with affliction, had they rained
All kind of sores and shames on my bare head,
Steeped me in poverty to the very lips,
Given to captivity me and my utmost hopes,
I should have found in some place of my soul
A drop of patience. But alas, to make me
A fixèd figure for the time of scorn
To point his slow unmoving finger at!
Yet could I bear that too, well, very well:
But there where I have garnered up my heart,
Where either I must live, or bear no life,
The fountain from the which my current runs,
Or else dries up – to be discarded thence
Or keep it as a cistern for foul toads
To knot and gender in! Turn thy complexion there,
Patience, thou young and rose-lipped cherubin,
Ay, there look grim as hell!
In “Othello” Shakespeare presents Othello and Desdemona’s attitudes towards one another as going from one extreme to another. Othello’s character is seen as loving and caring towards her and then switches to him despising her. Although Shakespeare presents Othello acting in this way, Desdemona consistently loves Othello throughout. The way in which Othello acts towards his wife may be due to his manipulated mind from other characters in the play. It can be argued that Desdemona’s unfailing worship of Othello is what forces her into a passive position and leads to her brutal murder. In this extract taken from later in the play, Othello’s extreme cruelty towards Desdemona as a result of his deep jealousy is presented and also Desdemona’s unrequited love is explored. Their differentiating attitude towards each other may be the cause of their doomed relationship due to Othello letting Iago “poison his ear” about his relationship throughout.
In the extract, Shakespeare presents Desdemona as an extremely loyal wife and shows her worshipping Othello even when he is violently speaking to her. Desdemona states that she is his ‘true and loyal wife’ even though Othello has been manipulated to not believe this. She emphasises her loyalty through the motif of heaven; when commanded by Othello to “swear thou art...

Other Essays On Othello and Desdemona worship or desire one another, no middle ground - Torquay Girls' Grammar School - Essay

Romeo and Juliet Essay on how they were so in love and that no one can interrupt their elationship. - Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School - Essay

908 words - 4 pages Jackson 1 Tuoyo Jackson Mrs. Prebble ENG1D1 November 24, 2016 Romeo and Juliet Essay Assignment “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet are doomed as they had no way of preventing the inevitable due to the outside forces such as the secrecy, parental influence and the lack of responsibility of Friar Laurence and

Eulogy on Othello - Mourning his loss - Brisbane Grammar - Essay

1751 words - 8 pages distrustful . Othello treated everyone with respect and courtesy. He cared a lot about what he could and should become. He proved to everyone that achievements that a one can accomplish is not limited to any ethnic background or race. I won't say that we lost him today as he left huge impressions that won't be eroded for all the years to come. He taught us to stand sturdily for what we believe and to persist in ascending even when we come across

Othello Essay Analysis and Techniques - High School Essay - Essay

886 words - 4 pages English Othello Essay A lack of identity and connections to family and society creates barriers that restrict an individual’s true sense of belonging. Barriers can consist of an inability to be accepted for who and what you are or where a society can deny you an ability to develop a sense of self. Both the play "Othello" by William Shakespeare (1603) and the film "The Giver" directed by Phillip Noyce (2014), explore the concept of belonging

hot girls wanted a comp one essay - NWSMU - essay

623 words - 3 pages . There is also emotion about all of the porn stars wanting to quite doing porn. They all state that, “It is not as nice or easy as it seems in the actual films.” (Hot Girls Wanted 45:12) The films gives a lot of good facts about porn, some not all think about. At 10:00 in Hot Girls Wanted they say that, “Each month more people visit porn sites then they visit Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter.” If you ask me, I think that is nothing but unreal. With

"Out Of The Bag" and "The Back Seat Of My Mother's Car" - Central Foundation Girls School - essay

1211 words - 5 pages progression of life from the very beginning (birth) to the end (death), similarly Copus also makes use of the structure by using the ‘mirror effect’ in her poem whereby the stanzas are exactly the same but all the lines are reversed with the ‘cool slick glass’ ‘between’ the father and child acting as a reflecting device in the middle of the poem. It is clear to the reader that the first section of ‘out of the bag’ is demonstrating the narrator as a child

Comparative Essay of Othello and Handmaids Tale - American school in London - Research

1708 words - 7 pages ). Great Britain could simply not afford another war, therefore Introducing the 14-point plan. However international issues started to rise with Germany, which felt legitimately angry about the sanctions imposed on them. ‘Clemenceau was determined on a punitive peace’.[footnoteRef:1] For example, Germany was forced to sign the war guilt clause (Article 231 under the TOV), and pay reparations. All Germany’s colonies were given to Britain and France as

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Theme essay - Middle School Language Arts - Essay

1022 words - 5 pages Duality: something we have created within our minds that restricts us from seeing a world where this division does not exist, or in other words a world of perfection. One story that utilizes this is the novella written by Robert Louis Stevenson entitled ​The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.​ This novella describes a well-respected member of society that has everything that a man could wish for, Dr. Jekyll, and an indecent and mysterious

The Monkeyś paw and The Third Wish - Essay, Huntington middle school, English L.A. - essay

1425 words - 6 pages takes Mrs.White  days,weeks,months,years. Herbet may be gone for good but it doesn’t mean he’s not in Mr. and Mrs. White’s heart.The  Whites will always love each other no matter what kind or how much harm they do to each other. They will never forget  about Herbert. Mr. and Mrs.White know that Herbert wouldn’t want them to fight or argue on who’s fault it is that he’s  gone for good. Mrs.Whites may be crazy for a while because of Mr.White had done

The Monkeyś paw and the third wish - Essay, Huntington middle school, English L.A. - essay

1425 words - 6 pages takes Mrs.White  days,weeks,months,years. Herbet may be gone for good but it doesn’t mean he’s not in Mr. and Mrs. White’s heart.The  Whites will always love each other no matter what kind or how much harm they do to each other. They will never forget  about Herbert. Mr. and Mrs.White know that Herbert wouldn’t want them to fight or argue on who’s fault it is that he’s  gone for good. Mrs.Whites may be crazy for a while because of Mr.White had done

"discuss one or more biases in thinking and decision making" - 22 MARKS - DCGS - Psychology Essay

1198 words - 5 pages Hannah Moran 6D1 Discuss one or more biases in thinking and/or decision making. [22] Bias refers to the disproportionate weight in favour of or against one thing. Psychologists have studies a range of cognitive biases in order to determine their roles within thinking and decision making. Cognitive bias specifically is an error in thinking that affects the decisions and judgments that people make. Thinking and decision making are both closely

A Clockwork Orange and A Streetcar Named Desire- Dysfunctional family relationships - Haybridge High School year 12 - Essay

1713 words - 7 pages feel abandoned to his brutal father. Williams want to emphasise the lack of communication these sister share, whilst most families mourn together after traumatic experiences, both Blanche and Stella are equally deluded by desire to make their past non-existent and live in a perfect world, rather than accept the truth and move forward. Blanche believes she “never was hard or self-sufficient enough… And I - I'm fading now! to emphasise the abuse

Similar Papers

"Love And Ambition Rarely Compliment One Another" In An Ideal Husband Cheney School Essay

1961 words - 8 pages relationship. In the middle acts of the play, Robert and Gertrude accuse and judge one another-the conflict of their ambitions bring them into collision to send a catalyst for a potential loveless marriage. Robert repeatedly anticipates this in act 2 dialogue with LG which is where he becomes increasingly desperate and despairing “my wife is perfect as all that” fearing “ it would kill her love for me “. However this desperation is perhaps his fear

Othello And The Passion He Holds For Desdemona English Lit Essay

3733 words - 15 pages elements and their ions. Keywords Definitions Atom An atom is the smallest part of an element that can exist Compound Two or more different atoms chemically joined together Element Made up of one type of atom Molecule Two or more atoms chemically joined together Mixture Consists of two or more elements or compounds not chemically joined together Atomic number/proton number Number of protons an atom of an element contains Relative atomic mass Average

Does Othello Truly Love Desdemona English 1302 Essay

404 words - 2 pages .” (167-168) What is love? According to the book of “the meaning of love in human experience”. It has many theories to what love is and to what love is not it can be hateful love, religious love, social control of love, and just the idea of being loved. It also states that love has to occur early in a human’s life to truly expect it and from the play Desdemona and Othello have experience that type of love from their parents. One way to truly tell

One Place I Would Like To Visit Middle School Essay

918 words - 4 pages two pieces of metal to be made out of the same material yet for one piece to be bigger than the other. If the first piece of metal is twice as large as the second, then you would expect that this piece is also twice as heavy (or have twice the mass) as the first. If both pieces of metal are made of the same material the ratio of the mass and volume will be the same. We define density () as the ratio of the mass of an object to the volume it