Comparing Othello And Romeo And Juliet

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William Shakespeare, a poet and playwright wrote many tragedies of similar ideas of young people opposed to marriages. In the story of Othello, Desdemona’s father Brabantio always invites Othello over his house to listen to his stories. Brabantio never expected Othello to marry his daughter. Brabantio believes Desdemona is his property and she is only allowed to marry men that he chooses. Because Othello is a moor and not a Venetian Brabantio does not accept him. With the story of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet falls in love with Romeo who is the son of the Montague clan. Juliet is from the Capulet clan, the enemy of the Montague clan. Unfortunately Juliet is torn between the two and is forced to ...view middle of the document...

Desdemona betrays her father and chooses to marry Brabantio behind his back and then chooses to tell him after they already got married. Desdemona declares her love for Othello and her father gets enraged by her words and claims he would rather adopt a child. Othello is much older than Desdemona, he is also from a different culture and he is a moor, not a Venetian. Desdemona’s father does not agree with the fact his daughter married a moor. The interracial marriage had Brabantio die from grief because he claims Othello stole Desdemona from him.
In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is forced to choose her lover Romeo over her own family. Because of her families rivalry with Romeo’s family they are not allowed to see each other. Juliet is introduced to a wealthy young man named Paris, who her father wishes she marries and Juliet follows her fathers order but then disobeys. Juliet realizes she does not love Paris; she loves Romeo, and refused to marry Paris. The Lord Capulet did not want his daughter to marry an enemy regardless how charming Romeo was with
Juliet. Nobody seems to care about Juliet’s feelings towards Romeo. Juliet is willing to do anything for Romeo, at the age of thirteen she does not know what love is but she is very close to it. Juliet says, “I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam, I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear, it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, rather than Paris. These are news indeed!” (Shakespeare 120). Juliet would always warn her nurse about her future plans to marry. Lord Capulet did not realize the mistake he committed until both Romeo and Juliet committed suicide to prove their love towards each other.
Lord Capulet compares with Brabantio because they are extremely over protective over their daughters. Desdemona and Juliet are young woman who can make decisions on their owns but their fathers view their daughters as naïve children. They are not as naïve as their fathers think they are, just as many young women in today’s society. The more their fathers try to control their life the farther their daughters will run away and rebel. Both fathers tend to view their daughters...

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