Desdemona

1.3.208-218

My noble father,

I do perceive here a divided duty:

To you I am bound for life and education;

My life and education both do learn me

How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;

I am hitherto your daughter: but here’s my husband,

And so much duty as my mother show’d

To you, preferring you before her father,

So much I challenge that I may profess

Due to the Moor my lord.

 

Father,

I hold a great duty

You gave me life and education

I am your daughter

and must respect you

But this is my husband now

And i owe him like mother

did to you

So I must give myself

to my husband

 

Desdemona’s father has learned 0f her marriage to Othello from Iago. Othello comes into the scene to defend himself from her father. Her father believes that Othello forced her into marriage. Then she tells her father that this is her husband and that she owes him a great duty towards their marriage to one another. She states how much she loves her father and that he has brought her up in life with great education and respect, but now it is her turn to show her same respect to her husband as her mother once did to him.

 

Othello

5.2.397-406

Soft you; a word or two before you go.

I have done the state some service, and they know’t.

No more of that. I pray you, in your letters,

When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,

Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,

Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak

Of one that loved not wisely but too well;

Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought

Perplex’d in the extreme.

 

I will not see you again let me speak before I die

I have been apart of this military, they know it

You have letters to prove it

Even though a terrible situation has happened today

Tell them exactly who I am, do not exaggerate that

Do not talk down of me through anger

Say i loved so much but wasn’t wise

As i was not jealous, but tricked into thinking i was

I was confused and uncertain by any means

 

This is the scene of  the death of Othello. He discovers that Iago had tricked him the whole time of the relationship between Cassio and Desdemona and Othello is very angry and decides to kill himself over what he has done to his true love. He speaks to Iago as well as all of the other people present in the room to speak highly of him as he had done a great service to them. Even though the action which were taken place that day he was blinded and committed a horrible act. He lies next to Emilia and his love Desdemona, then dies.

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