Do You Agree With The Statement, "Othello's Love For Desdemona Is Absolute"?


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If we watch Othello closely, we will see a transformation in Othello's character. Othello of Act I, Scene I is different from Othello of Act III, Sc. Iii. In the early stages of the play we see Othello articulating dialogues like "my life be upon her faith" but eventually as move on in the play we see a rapid transition in his personality and he goes to an extent that he calls Desdemona a "whore".  But before having any opinion about this transformation or about the love of Othello, we have to analyze the real causes of this transformation. Othello himself comments about himself that he is the "one not easily jealous". So, we have to see the root cause of this jealousy first.  Othello was trapped between two extremes. One was of purity i.e. Desdemona and the other was of evil i.e. Iago. Had Iago not been there, the results would have been different. It was the cunning Iago who made him his victim. And when Othello demanded for "Ocular proof", fate played its role and he was given the handkerchief. On the other hand, Desdemona did not have any resistance to offer. So it was natural for him to be a victim of Iago. Most of the critics say that he was a jealous man but I don't agree with them. It was probably Bacon who said "one who is not jealous is not in love".

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