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What is the significance of the song "Willow" which Desdemona sings on her death bed?

A

A willow is a tree which bends in the wind, signifying Desdemona's desire to change to please Othello.

B

A willow tree symbolically weeps and Desdemona has wept continuously since Othello hit her.

C

Desdemona's mother's maid had a lover who "proved mad," so the song is symbolic of Othello's madness.

D

Desdemona's mother sang the song to her when she got upset as a child, so it signifies comfort.

E

There is no signifcance. Shakespeare included it for emotional relief before the play's resolution.