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What impression of love is given in Act
1 of Othello?
Throughout Act 1 of Othello, Shakespeare presents love as being a resilient emotion whereby the
use of language and structure emphasises the uninterrupted power of love. In just the first act alone
we are introduced to platonic, unrequited and…

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The use of religious terminology could be said to present love as being on par with religion, or of a
divine quality. Desdemona explains, in an address juxtaposing the expectations of any young woman
at the time, that the "rites" for which she loves him "are bereft" her. She also…


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