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Repeated Image Clusters of Love and Magic in Othello Arthur David Hash Western World Literature In Othello love is made to be deceitful and evil spawned from magic References of magic are used to define Desdemonas love for Othello Black versus white good versus evil these themes are provided to the reader by a deceitful Iago Convincing Rodrigo other characters and perhaps the reader that their love could only be the result of some spell cast by Othello to usurp her love Iago spins on his web of deceit Desdemonas love is not true It is the result of some magic Twisting reality Iago convinces them and the result is death The story begins Branbanzio confronts Othello O thou foul thief where hast thou stowed my daughter Dammed as thou art thou hast enchanted her for Ill refer me to all things of sense if she in chains of magic were not bound p2121 line 63-66 Enraged Branbanzio lashes out against Othello He mind is clouded by rage spawned from taunts yelled to him in the night by Rodrigo and Iago When he approaches the duke with his affairs the scene is described She is abused and stolen from me and corrupted by spells and medicines bought of mountebanks For nature so preposterously to err being not deficient blind or lame of sense Sans witchcraft could not p 2124 line 60-64 Branbanzio cant believe this match His daughter cannot be in love with the moor He can only believe that witchcraft is to blame This seed planted he rants in front of the court only later to be calmed by his old friend Othello Shakespeare uses the references as an aside In reality they may have only been involuntary reaction to the situations Maybe if he says what he thinks out load then it will make the fact of his daughter betraying him a fallacy Othello says
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