What Is The Signification Of The Storm In The Othello?


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The storm in Othello is introduced to compare and contrast the nature of Othello and Desdemona.
Storms are turbulent and destructive forces of nature and here the storm symbolises the volatile nature of Othello . The storm is like emotion it builds up into increasing tension found in both nature and human emotion.

Desdemona and Othello's love has been likened to the storm, which is symbolic of unrest and ruinous.
Elizabethan audiences would have recognised analogies with man and his place in the natural world as there was little differentiation between them. Everything had it's place in nature and nature was a force to be reckoned with.

As in King Lear the storm is symbolic of the men and they're move towards madness.
The storm within Othello contrasts with the beauty of Desdemona.
In Elizabethan theatre effects and atmosphere were created by words, the storm was described as a 'desperate tempest' but the beauty of Desdemona was such that even the storm , rocks and dangerous conditions were in awe of it.
The storm puts man in the scheme of things within the natural world.

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