Shakespeare’s trajedy, “Othello” is a play based on passion unchecked.
The desire for money, power, and love drive the characters to commit acts thatbetray any hint of rational thinking. Readers are given a taste of howpassionate Othello is in Act Two, Scene Three. “Now, by heaven, My bloodbegins my safer guides to rule, And passion, having my best judgement collied,Essays to lead the way. ‘Swounds, if I stir.
” Christ’s wound’s if I stir?Othello knows he is a man capable of terrible destruction. Yet it is love thathe is afraid of not mortal men. This emotion is not so powerful that he deniesit? No. Instead he attempts to temper his love, yet this seems like a denial ofbeing uxorious. When Othello lands upon the shore of Cyprus and sees hisbeautiful Desdemona he exclaims, “I cannot speak enough of this content. Itstops me here, it is to much joy.” This joy of being in love stops hiswarrior heart.
How can he not feel foolishy fond of his precious jewel. Afterthe sword fight in Act Two, Scene Three Othello utters, in line 23, “Cassio,I love thee.” Is he not doting upon his handsome leiutenant? He loves thesepeople, but instead of his love becoming his salvation, it is his Achille’sheel. That love becomes a serpant that constricts around his heart and breaksit. The belief in alove turned sour is to much for poor Othello. Now he cannever love.
Othello will never become oversubmissive to his wife because he canonly love as much as he sees he will receive in return. The answer to thequestion then appears to be that he is not uxorious because it is not allowed tobloom. The hateful seeds planted by Iago grow like weeds in Othello’s mind andover take it.
The gentle fruit of Desdemona and Cassio take to long to bear andare strangled out of existence.Shakespeare