Othello – Trust Between Lovers
Othello – Trust Between Lovers
Our topic is trust between lovers. What is trust? When your friend is spreading some rumor about your lover and your other friend, who would you trust, your lover or your friend? Trust is to believe in someone and give trust to him or her. You put your whole soul and belief to trust them. Trust is like a paper, once it is crumble it will not be perfect again. Trust plays an important role in Othello, because it started as trust and ends with trust. In Othello, the author used handkerchief as a symbol of trust.
Every time the owner loses the handkerchief and another lover has the handkerchief, the other couple bonds a strong trust within the circle. Their relationship becomes better and firmer. The trust between Othello and Desdemona collapses when the handkerchief is missing. Meanwhile Emilia and Iago become closer and have a strong trust because of the handkerchief. Othello and Desdemona are the first main couples in the play. They got married at the beginning of the play, which gave rise to the hatred and envy towards Othello. Therefore, their relationship is doomed to be transient.
The couple slowly breaks up when their trust slowly collapses. Before their trust slowly collapses, Othello promised Brabantio that he would not harm his daughter. If he does then he will kill himself. “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. She has deceiv’d her father and may thee. ” “My life upon her faith! ” (Act 1, Scene 3, line 289-291). This has proven that Othello trust Desdemona with heart and soul that she would not cheat on him. This scene shows that the couple’s love is starting to collapse because of the handkerchief, and Othello feels suspicious about Desdemona cheating on him. Fetch me the handkerchief. ”
“My mind misgives. Come, come; You’ll never meet a more sufficient man” (Act 3, Scene 4, line 85-87). This line also shows that Othello feels anxious because of the lost of the handkerchief that has a magic history involving his parents. The handkerchief proves of lover’s loyalty within each other. Iago and Emilia are the second main couples in the play. Their relationship is not as strong as Othello and Desdemona’s relationship at the beginning. Another big difference is that Iago and Emilia bond a stronger trust when Emilia found the handkerchief. “To have a foolish wife. ” “O, is that all?
What will you give me now for that same handkerchief? ” “What handkerchief? ” “A good wench! ” Give it me. ” (Act 3, Scene 3, line 306-308) (Act 3, Scene 3, line 316) The trust between Emilia and Iago contribute to this tragedy, because Emilia chose to trust Iago and pretended to know nothing about the handkerchief, which leads to betrayal towards Desdemona. However, if Emilia chose the right way and told the truth to help Desdemona when Othello was questioning her, the tragedy might not happen. Near the end of the play Emilia and Iago’s trust broke when she revealed the truth, everything in the play started with trust and ended with trust.
She give it Cassio! No, alas, I found it and i did give’t my husband. ” “Filth, thou liest! ” (Act 5, Scene 2, line 227-229) It makes us wonder how can the trust between lovers be broken so easily and rebuilding the trust can be so hard. Sometimes to suspect someone can lead to death, and sometimes to trust someone can also lead to death. It becomes too difficult to decide whether to believe in him or her or not. In conclusion, you cannot just trust your friend or your lover because both your friend and your lover are important to you, and losing either one would be painful.
University/College: University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 18 October 2016
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