Oh Othello, what have you done. Foolishly, Othello put his faith and trust into the wrong person, resulting in his wife’s homicide…by him. There were so many things that Othello could have done. He could have put his love before his reputation, his decision-making before his rashness, almost anything would have been better than killing his wife, then killing himself.
His one true hubris, Othello also trusted Iago when it came to his decisions about Cassio. Not waiting for his second-in-command to explain himself, Othello takes Iago’s subtle hints and fires Cassio.
Trust is the single most important thing in relationships, and because of his lack of trust, Othello destroyed his connections with Desdemona and Cassio. However, trust can also be taken advantage of, as seen with Iago’s relationship with Othello. To trust or not to trust, that is the question.
A story can make you fall in love.
After all, isn’t that how Desdemona fell in love with Othello? In a lot of ways, Desdemona fell in love with Othello’s words.
Immediately upon reading this scene, I thought of love letters. Sent back and forth between receiver and sender, these letters form an intimate, un-physical relationship. There’s something innocent and pure from falling in love with a person’s words rather than their appearance. Desdemona disregarded the fact that Othello was a dark-skinned man, something her Italian heritage frowned upon, and fell in love with his words and stories rather than his physical appearance.
It goes to show that you cannot fall in love based on looks alone. What’s really beautiful about a person if you cannot connect with them? If you can’t even have a real conversation with them? If you can’t even write them a ten-page letter telling them your thoughts and feelings?
There has always been a soft spot in my heart when I receive handwritten letters. They show me that whoever sent it cared enough about me to take time out of their day to put their thoughts down for me to share with them.
It also helps that I’m a complete sucker getting mail.
Isn’t a hand-written letter or a story told just for you enough to make you smile?