Othello: Romantic Love

“She loved me for the dangers I had passed, / And I loved her that she did pity them” (Othello) Act 1 Scene 3: Othello and Desdemona’s love is built not on sexual appetite, but on mutual understanding
“My heart’s subdued / Even to the very quality of my lord.” (Desdemona) Act 1 Scene 3: Desdemona submits entirely to her husband and is in love with his personality
“I saw Othello’s visage in his mind” (Desdemona) Act 1 Scene 3: Desdemona fell for Othello for his personality
“But to be free and bounteous to her mind” (Othello) Act 1 Scene 3: Othello wants Desdemona’s company platonically
“Ere I would say I would drown myself for the love of a guinea-hen, I would change my humanity with a baboon.” (Iago) Act 1 Scene 3: Iago believes romantic love to be fickle
“If sanctimony and a frail vow betwixt an erring Barbarian and a super-subtle Venetian be not too hard for my wits” (Iago) Act 1 Scene 3: Iago mocks marriage as fickle
“O, my fair warrior!” (Othello) Act 2 Scene 1: Desdemona’s love has control over Othello
“O, my soul’s joy!” (Othello) Act 2 Scene 1: shows the intensity of Othello’s love for Desdemona
“His soul is so enfettered to her love” (Iago) Act 2 Scene 3: Othello has the potential to be made weak by his love for Desdemona
“Perdition catch my soul / But I do love thee! And when I love thee not, / Chaos is come again.” (Othello) Act 3 Scene 3: Othello would lose his life if he didn’t love Desdemona
“A fine woman, a fair woman, a sweet woman!” (Othello) Act 4 Scene 1: Othello laments his love for Desdemona
“O, she will sing the savageness out of a bear!” (Othello) Act 4 Scene 1: Othello laments his love for Desdemona and her good qualities
“Why do you weep? / Am I the motive of these tears, my lord?” (Desdemona) Act 4 Scene 2: even when he is jealous, Desdemona is devoted to Othello
“The fountain from the which my current runs” (Othello) Act 4 Scene 2: Desdemona is a fountain of peace for Othello
“His unkindness may defeat my life, / But never taint my love.” (Desdemona) Act 4 Scene 2: Desdemona would love Othello even if he killed her
“O balmy breath, that dost almost persuade / Justice to break her sword!” (Othello) Act 5 Scene 2: Othello cannot bear to kill Desdemona because he loves her too much
“That death’s unnatural that kills for loving.” (Desdemona) Act 5 Scene 2: Desdemona defends her own life and Othello’s love for her
“One that loved not wisely, but too well” (Othello) Act 5 Scene 2: Othello urges the men not to follow his example of loving Desdemona

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