Immigration: Marriage and Othello Essay

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Many couples pounder over the question, "Does my mate truly love me?" It's hard to determine such a question unless you have facts to prove to everyone and yourself that you both love each other and it's not unrealistic. The play Othello creates the use of such a question when it comes to the relationship between dearest Desdemona and her husband and the General in command, sir Othello. Some debate that for reasons to be discussed, he did not love her and he was only using her for good publicity with the people. Others may say that he did love her but she did not love him and she was using him for those reasons or maybe she had other motives. Iago one of the main characters was a huge part in the idea of a false relationship that caused the terrible ending to the marriage of these great and honest people. None the less, from reading the play, Othello did have true feelings for his lovely wife Desdemona even though the ending was not like additional drama. To discuss the relationship with Desdemona and Othello, the character Iago has to be explained and understood with his role in determining their relationship. Iago is a huge part in not so much defining their relationship but showing the faults and the ways such a marriage can be toyed with. Iago was Othello's second hand when it came to fighting in the war he always stood by his side. When it came to picking a new lieutenant Iago was a sore loser to Cassio and rumors arouse that Othello slept with his wife Emilia. This was Iago's motive to what drama he stirred up between the marriage of Othello and his wife. Iago clearly said "I hate the Moor, And it is thought abroad that ’twixt my sheets. He's done my office. I know not if ’t be true, But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, Will do as if for surety. "
So Iago made a plain to get back at Othello by basically destroying the relationship and taking him down. All of what he did was made up which helps to dispose of the false facts and stick to the true facts. In the beginning Iago first used Cassio as a pawn to make it look like he had feelings for Desdemona and vise versa. It was easy to use Desdemona as his other pawn because her personality was so easy going and kind hearted when it came to others. Act three is the main importance to Iago's true invasion of the relationship. He has his wife fetch the ever so precious handkerchief that was given to Desdemona by Othello. He told her "To lose ’t or give ’t away were such perdition. As nothing else could match." The handkerchief symbolizes (symbolism) different things to different characters. Since the handkerchief was the first gift Desdemona received from Othello, she keeps it about her constantly as a symbol of Othello’s love. Iago manipulates the handkerchief so that Othello comes to see it as a symbol of Desdemona herself—her faith and chastity. By taking possession of it, he is able to convert it into evidence of her infidelity. He starts to not trust his wife and it drives him mad. Iago says all