At the heart of Shakespeare's "Othello" is the doomed romance between Desdemona and Othello.
They are in love, but poor Othello can't get past his self-doubt as to why such a lovely creature would love him.
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.
Her tenacity partly serves as her downfall; she continues to champion Cassio’s cause even when she knows this may cause problems for her.
When she wrongly believes him to be dead, she openly weeps for him as she clearly sets out she has nothing to be ashamed of “I never did/Offend you in my life, never loved Cassio” Othello might be impressive on the battlefield, but his own personal insecurity leads to the tragic end of the story.
Brabanzio finds that his daughter is indeed missing, and he gathers some officers to find Othello.
Not wanting his The duke says that Othello must go to Cyprus to aid in the defense against the Turks, who are headed for the island.
Watching them, Iago tells the audience that he will use “as little a web as this” hand-holding to ensnare Cassio (II.i.169).
Othello arrives, greets his wife, and announces that there will be reveling that evening to celebrate Cyprus’s safety from the Turks.