In Othello, what does "Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! And when I love thee not, chaos is come again" mean?

In Othello, what does "Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! And when I love thee not, chaos is come again" mean?

In Othello, what does "Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! And when I love thee not, chaos is come again" mean?

In Othello, what does "Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! And when I love thee not, chaos is come again" mean?

This quote is spoken in “Othello” Act III, Scene 3.  It is spoken by Othello, the title character.  When he says this line, he is speaking of Desdemona, his wife.  What the quote means is that he loves her and he will always love her.Perdition means “Hell.”  So he is saying that he will go to Hell if he does not love her (“but I do love thee” means “if I do not love you”).  So he’s saying “damn me if I ever do not love you (or if I ever stop loving you).He then says that “chaos” will return if he does not love her, meaning that the whole world will fall apart, back to the way it was before God created it (the creation story in Genesis uses the word “chaos” for what there was before God started creating).
In Othello, what does "Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! And when I love thee not, chaos is come again" mean?
In Othello, what does "Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! And when I love thee not, chaos is come again" mean?
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In Othello, what does "Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! And when I love thee not, chaos is come again" mean?
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