Othello 's Othello By William Shakespeare

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Iago’s main reason to denigrate Desdemona’s character is his love for Othello. Consequently, he will do anything to gain Othello’s admiration. When Iago is putting his plan into action and planting in Othello’s mind that Desdemona is not faithful to him, Iago says: Othello kneels .............................................................................................. IAGO: Do not rise yet. Iago kneels Witness, you ever-burning lights above, You elements that clip us round above, Witness that here Iago doth give up The execution of his wit, hands, heart, To wronged Othello’s service. Let him command, And to obey shall be in me remorse, What bloody business ever. OTHELLO: I greet thy love. (Shakespeare, 3.3.451-469) It is speculated that Iago’s love for Othello is so intense that he wishes that Othello were married to him, not Desdemona. Thus, he creates a mock wedding by kneeling next to Othello and delivering a speech that can be considered his wedding vows. When a woman marries in the Renaissance, she gives up her life for her husband, as she now has to be submissive to her husband and do as he pleases. Iago mentions that he will give up his “wit, hands, and heart” for Othello, as if he was becoming Othello’s wife. Therefore, he will commit any deed to show Othello that he is in love with him. One may argue that Shakespeare also portrays male characters in Othello as monstrous. However, even though their behavior, such as murders and bad treatment towards women,
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