Motifs and Symbols in Othello

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  • Symbols and Motifs in Othello
    • Handkerchief
      • The significance of the 'red strawberries'  are of love
      • It's the belief that Desdemona gave away his handkerchief, and the sexual implications of this, that drove Othello to kill her
    • Candle
      • When Othello blows out the candle before he murders Desdemona, this symbolizes him extinguishing her life
    • Animals
      • Iago introduces animalistic imagery in Act 1 Scene 1, and describes Othello as having something animalistic and bestial about him: "old black ram"
    • Location
      • Shakespeare often uses different setting to represent mindsets of characters
        • Venice represents civilization, whereas Cyprus symbolizes the wilderness


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