Othello Act 5 Scene 2
Out of Love In William Shakespeare’s play, Shakespeare has a character recite a monologue in iambic pentameter. When a character has an iambic pentameter monologue it indicates they are making a crucial decision that will change the play. With every official decision, it includes pros and cons. In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, Othello ends up being conflicted with his beliefs and his emotions. In Act 5, Scene 2, Othello’s soliloquy exposes his factors for killing Desdemona. Othello’s insecurities spark his thoughts of punishing Desdemona, however his love for her holds him back.
Othello makes his final decision of killing Desdemona because he loves her. Othello’s love for Desdemona is displayed in lots of ways through out this monologue. In line 1 Othello states, “It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul”. Othello is not describing his soul; he is referring to Desdemona’s soul. Even when he believes that she has cheated on him with Cassio, Othello still considers himself and Desdemona as one, considering that they are wed for much better or for worst. Othello then talks with heaven; “Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars” (V, ii, 2).
Othello believes that if he does not state that she has actually cheated aloud, it is practically like it is not real; he will decline the fact. He will not admit her sins to the heaven so she still has a chance to be there with God. Othello wants to do whatever it requires to conserve Desdemona’s soul. Desdemona’s soul is thought about pure. Othello declares, “Nor Scar that whiter skin of hers than snow and smooth as monumental alabaster” (V, ii, 3-4). The use of the words “whiter”, “snow”, and “alabaster” is imagery for pureness.
Referring back the chaste stars, Othello will not confess to heaven because if he does then that would remove her pureness. Othello mentions Desdemona as a “huge alabaster”. Translating, he calls her the statue of pureness and devoting this sin of cheating with Cassio has actually contradicted that belief. Desdemona’s expect actions, has contradicted Othello’s belief of Desdemona’s pureness. In line 6 Othello starts to make his decision, “Yet she must, die, else she’ll betray more men”. This line states Desdemona’s pollutant.
Othello believes that Cassio is not the only one. This line points back to Othello’s belief that Desdemona is his to manage. He thinks that he needs to do something to secure others and get his control back on Desdemona. Othello then specifies, “thou flaming minister” (V, ii, 8). The flaming minister is referring to the devil. One of the factors that he is reluctant on killing Desdemona is because he concluded that her sin would bring her to hell. However Othello states “I can once again thy former lights bring back need to I repent” (V, ii, 9-10).
Othello takes matters into his own hands and repents to God for her. By asking God for forgives of Desdemona’s sins, Othello has faith that her soul is now conserved. In spite of all of Othello’s doubts, he has actually concluded that the only way for conserving Desdemona’s soul from damnation was sacrifice in the name of God. Othello thought that this was his duty has her partner and he did not want to view his enjoyed one go to hell. Killing her, was the only way that the Promethean heat would revive her soul and restore her purity.