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09/07/2019

How does Othello describe his love for Desdemona when they first met?

QUESTION
How does Othello describe his love for Desdemona when they first met?
I am doing an essay on obsessive love and could use some quotes from Othello that show his affection for Desdemona when he recalls their first meeting. Many thanks 🙂

ANSWER
Depends on the interpretation. Here’s one:

“Othello, however, may have been frightened by Desdemona’s aggressiveness as a woman. This, along with the misperceptions brought on by Iago, could have led to his changing views of Desdemona. When Othello and Desdemona are first married, Othello spoke nothing but love for Desdemona. Robert Burns’ poem, “A Red, Red Rose” best represents Othello’s feelings toward Desdemona. The lines: “As fair art thou, my bonnie lass, / So deep in luve am I / And I will luve thee still, my dear, / Til a’ the seas gang dry” (Burns 531), represent hope, faith, and experience. Othello’s love for Desdemona at the beginning of the play was based on this hope, faith and experience.”