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Othello changes from a noble and just groom who declares, “But that I love the gentle Desdemona,” (I,ii,27) to a foul-minded, irrational husband who vows, “I’ll tear her to pieces.” (III,iii,483) He changes from treating her gently to striking her in public, calling her a whore, and murdering her in an unfounded jealous rage.
She bids Othello do the sensible thing and ask Cassio how he obtained her handkerchief, but this is too rational for Othello, who has already ordered his murder.
One of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, Othello is concerned with the themes of jealousy and possessiveness, gullibility and blind passion, and the dangers that can arise from a failure to see beyond the surface appearances.
Contrasting Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, which deal with the affairs of state and which echo with the universal human concerns, Othello is set in a quite private world and focuses on the passions and personal lives of its major figures, Othello and Desdemona. The novel was written by a Sicilian novelist Giraldi Cinthio.
In marrying a black man, Desdemona flies in the face of convention and unapologetically faces criticism for her bold choice.
It could be argued that she loved him because of his racial difference if she meant to shock her father. Even when called a "whore," she remains loyal to him and resolves to love him despite his misunderstanding of her.