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Self And Obedience In Othello

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Even Brabantio cannot accept this fact that his daughter is not under his control anymore and believes that Othello enchanted her: “O thou foul thief, where hast thou stowed my daughter? / Damned as thou art, thou hast enchanted her; / For I`ll refer me to all things of sense, / If she in chains of magic were not bound, / Whether a maid, so tender, fair, and happy, / So opposite to marriage that she shunned / The wealthy curled darlings of our nation, / Would ever have, t` incur a general mock, / Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom / Of such a thing as thou – to fear, not to delight?” (1.2.62-71)
In this play, after Desdemona’s behavior and when Brabantio meets her for the first time, he tries to show that everything is under control and talks to his daughter in a way that nothing happened wrong. “Do you perceive in all this company / Where most you owe obedience?” (1.3 177-178) But Desdemona`s acceptance of her husband instead of her father changed everything and showed us how the norms of that time destroyed by her.
“My noble Father, / I do perceive here a divided duty / To you I am bound for life and education; / My life and education both do learn me / How to respect you. You are the lord of duty; / I am hitherto your daughter.
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In this situation, the Freudian psychoanalysis terms, Oedipus complex represented again and again and the passive character of Desdemona and considering her as a property is exciting. But here Desdemona for the first time becomes an active character by persuading her father that now it is the time to be separated as he has done before, and in that patriarchal society she should respect to her husband. Finally, Brabantio accepts the new active character of his
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