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Love is the root of jealousy if one has no feelings for someone then one is not saddened at its loss Before there is jealousy there has to be love Shakespeares Othello depicts the fall of a valiant soldier who proves to those who know him his strength and nobility both on and away from the field of battle Othello is by far the most romantic figure among Shakespeares heroes and he is so partly from the strange life of war and adventure The villain Iago facilitates the fall of Othello through his deceptions and masterful manipulations but one aspect of Iagos insidious assault on Othello seems more inventive than the rest his choice of Desdemona as the means by which he engineers Othellos destruction Othellos relationship with Desdemona provides him with a security and serenity which now serves as the foundation upon where his strength is built By attacking the foundation of Othello and Desdemonas relationship allows Iago the means to destroy him by un dermining this basis Just as the strongest fortress will fall if its foundation crumbles so too does Othello when the foundation of his very being is attacked and corrupted by Iagos scheming Othello succumbs to Iagos plot because Iago attacks beneath his armor at the very essence of his armorhis new bride Desdemona When Brabantio questions the validity and even the very existence of their marriage Othellos response reveals his devotion to his new wife I do beseech you Send for the lady to the Sagittary And let her speak of me before her father If you do find me foul in her report The trust the office I do hold of you Not only take away but let your sentence Even fall upon my life Iiii114-119 Othellos confidence in the strength of Desdemonas loyalty to him a loyalty which he believes stems from their mutual love prompts him to offer not only his position of General but also
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