Aspects of Love in Othello

a force that is easily destroyed ‘her very nature will instruct her in it”she’s framed as fruitful as the free elements’
vulnerable or fragile ‘why did I marry?’
easy to manipulate ‘the moor already changes with my poison’ iago 3:3
an overwhelmingly powerful force ‘of one who loved not wisely, but too well’ Othello 5:2
little more than sex ‘she that in wisdom never was so frailto change the cod’s head for the salmon’s tail’ iago 2:1
a source of joy ‘but that our loves and comforts should increase, even as our days do grow”I cannot speak enough of this content; it stops me here; it is too much joy.’ o+d 2:1
Othello’s love as destructive ‘I am abused and my relief must be to loathe her”i’ll tear her all to pieces’
Othello’s love as malleable ‘I will kill thee and love thee after.”O the world hath not a sweater creature…’
Othello’s love as vulnerable from the outset due to his insecurities ‘as Dian’s visage in now begrimed and black as my own face”O cursed, cursed slave’
Othello’s love as strong and true in the first half of the play ‘she loved me for the dangers I had passed…’
Othello’s love as manipulated by iago ‘I will chop her into messes: Cuckold me!”of one, not easily jealous, but being wrought/perplexed in the extreme.’
Des love as selfless ‘heaven pardon him’ 4:2
Des love as self-sacrificing ‘Nobody. I myself. Farewell. Commend me to my lord’ 5:2
Des love as pure ‘she was chaste and she loved thee’ Emilia 5:2
Des love as honest ‘your true and loyal wife’ 4:2
Des love as innocent ‘a maiden never bold, of spirit so still and quiet that her motion blushed at itself.’ Brab 1:3
Des love as unconditional ‘I saw Othello’s visage in his mind’ 1:3
Des love as unwavering ‘but that our love and comforts should increase as our days do grow’ 2:1
Iago’s relationship with love as fuelled by hatred ‘I must show out a flag and sign of love/which is but a sign’ Iago 1:1
Iago’s relationship with love as defined by jealousy ‘I hate the Moor/and it is thought abroad that twixt my sheets/he’s done my office.’ Iago 1:3
Iago’s relationship with love as entirely selfish ‘demand me nothing. what you know./From this time forth I never will speak word.’ Iago 5:2
Iago’s relationship with love as self love ‘I follow him to serve my turn upon him.’ Iago 1:1
Iago’s relationship with love as a tool to manipulate others ‘O beware my lord of jealousy;/it is the green eyed monster which doth mock/the meat it feeds on’ Iago 3:3
Iago’s relationship with love as cynical ‘O you are well tuned now!/But i’ll set down the pegs that make this music’ Iago 2:1
Iago’s relationship with love as misogynistic ‘she was a wight… to suckle fools and chronical small beer’ Iago 2:1
marriage presented as futile ‘they are all but stomachs and we are all but foods…’ Emilia 3:4
marriage presented as subject to infidelity and jealousy ‘it is their husbands’ faults if wives do fall’ Emilia 3:4’in venice they do let God see the pranks they dare not show their husbands.’ Iago 3:3
marriage presented as threatened by others’ perceptions ‘villain, be sure thou prove my love a wh0re’ Othello 3:3
marriage presented as capable of being destroyed ‘heaven knows thou are false as hell’ Othello 4:2’villain, be sure thou prove my love a wh0re’ Othello 3:3’forth of my heart those charms, thine eyes, are blotted.’ Othello 5:1
marriage presented as fundamentally subject to imbalances in power ‘ I must be circumstanced’ Bianca’they are but stomachs…’ Emilia
lovers presented as doubtful ‘why did I marry? this honest creature doubtless sees and knows more, much more, than he infolds.’ Othello 3:3
lovers presented as doomed (Othello as tragic hero doomed to fall in love – 17th century view) ‘these moors are changeable in their wills…’ Iago 1:3
lovers presented as foolish and irrational ‘arise, black vengeance, from the hollow hell. Yield up, O love, thy crown and hearted throne to tyrannous hate.’ Othello 3:3’Of one that loved not wisely, but too well… like the base Indian, threw a pearl away richer than his whole tribe.’ Othello 5:2
lovers presented as harmonious and happy ‘O my fair warrior’/’My dear Othello’ O+D 2:1’if it were now to die/’twere now to be most happy.’ Othello 2:1