Shakespeare's Play, Othello, is More than a Tragedy

854 Words Jan 29th, 2018 3 Pages
It could be just that, however it could be something much deeper. Many argue that the main character Othello may have had a Oedipal Complex. This is a psychoanalytical theory introduced by Sigmund Freud in 1899. It is the idea that one has a desire for sexual involvement with the parent of the opposite sex and a sense of rivalry with the parent of the same-sex. The term is derived from a hero of a Greek legend named Oedipus who unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. Connections can be made to this complex through the relationship between Othello and his wife Desdemona. Throughout Shakespeare's play “Othello”, the audience can take notice of the Oedipal complex in Othello by the handkerchief being a reflection of his feeling for his mother.
The handkerchief patterned with strawberries given to Desdemona as a token of love explains Othello’s attachment to his mother. He tells Desdemona that it was given to him by his mother and it would ensure the spouse’s love when kept, but if lost, one would lose the love too. In the play, it seems as though Othello becomes seriously obsessed with the item. The key here, however, is in the fact that the handkerchief originally belonged to Othello's mother. He wants to keep the image of his mother alive, and he does this by giving the handkerchief to…