The Obsessive Nature Of The Love Felt By Othello, By William Shakespeare

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Significantly, it is often perceived that ‘obsession’ refers to the empowerment one has over another person, although, amongst the three texts that I have studied it is noticeable that each text shares a fatal concept which accounts for the eventual tragedy and downfall of each set of lovers. Within this instance, obsession can form during the oppression of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea or image; for example, obsession is not necessarily created entirely by the fascination of sexual desires but through one’s underlying motives. Each of the three texts seem to contain a fundamental principle which acts as a barrier for ‘love’ – whether it be religiously, culturally or evolutionary. Firstly, it is difficult to identify the obsessive nature of the love felt by Othello, at the beginning of William Shakespeare’s Othello, as his love towards Desdemona could be interpreted as ‘agape’ or certainly be seen as unconditional since the couplet persistently demonstrate a meaningful, more philosophical love towards one another. When used by Christians as a way to express their unconditional love of God, the term ‘agape love’ highlights the idea that love involves an element of self-sacrifice. Unlike our stereotypical understanding of the English word ‘love’, in the New Testament, ‘agape love’ is not used to refer to love romantically or sexually, instead it describes holding one in high regard, unequivocally. Arguably, this could explain why Othello remains in awe of

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