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What is the contrast between a fountain and a cistern?

Could I say that a fountain is pure and a cistern is dirty
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Faye,

You should not say that, you would be absolutely wrong.
The context of the converstaion between Othello and Desdemona and Othello's belief that she has been false towards him
If "Fountain" is from Act 4 Sc 2 L. 60 then the meaning is source of his love for her.
If "Cistern" is from Act 4 Sc 2 L. 62 then the meaning is also a reference of his love for her. However in this case Desdemona's betrayal also colours Othello's love for her. Both refer to his love for Desdamona and both contrast how Othello sees Desdamona.

Both are metaphors.
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Faye,

You should not say that, you would be absolutely wrong.
The context of the converstaion between Othello and Desdemona and Othello's belief that she has been false towards him
If "Fountain" is from Act 4 Sc 2 L. 60 then the meaning is source of his love for her.
If "Cistern" is from Act 4 Sc 2 L. 62 then the meaning is also a reference of his love for her. However in this case Desdemona's betrayal also colours Othello's love for her. Both refer to his love for Desdamona and both contrast how Othello sees Desdamona.

Both are metaphors.
So his love for her was the fountain and because of her betrayal it is degraded into the cistern?
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Yes, and no. Metaphors can be difficult.
While Othello believed Desdamon's love for him was pure and genuine then he saw her love like fountain - the source for all his love for her and something that is positive.
When Othello believes she has betrayed him the fountain - a positive term - becomes negative, just like Othello's love for her has changed. Now it is a "cistern". Yes still a water source - i.e. a sourve for his love - but now this source is negative. The use of the "cistern" image implies that in Othello's eyes he believes Desdamon's love for him is also currupt.
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Yes, and no. Metaphors can be difficult.
While Othello believed Desdamon's love for him was pure and genuine then he saw her love like fountain - the source for all his love for her and something that is positive.
When Othello believes she has betrayed him the fountain - a positive term - becomes negative, just like Othello's love for her has changed. Now it is a "cistern". Yes still a water source - i.e. a sourve for his love - but now this source is negative. The use of the "cistern" image implies that in Othello's eyes he believes Desdamon's love for him is also currupt.
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