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The presentation of Desdemona In Othello

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David Podbury 110 The presentation of Desdemona In Othello In the play Othello, Desdemona plays quite a big role as Othello's wife and she is portrayed as a beautiful young white girl from Venice. Desdemona is complimented throughout the play with words such as 'divine', 'and the grace of heaven'. Othello who is the Moor of Venice, has a position in the army which would make a lot of people jealous. One of these people is Othello's ancient Iago, Othello's right hand man, who Othello trusts and throughout the play he is referred to as ''honest Iago''. Iago plots to destroy Othello and he can only achieve his ends through the weakness of others in this respect Othello's weakness is Desdemona. Iago uses Desdemona as the means of destroying Othello. He lies to Othello he does this by tricking him into thinking that Desdemona is sleeping with Othello's lieutenant Michael Cassio. As this progresses into a bigger lie throughout the play Desdemona gets treated worse as she is manipulated. Othello and Desdemona, as portrayed in the play are the two greatest innocents there ever were. The two appear to love one another romantically at first, but this romantic love becomes more of a profane love, or more likely it was truly profane love all along. ...read more.

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Desdemona's weakness is shown in Act 4 Scene 1. Iago has worked up a lot of suspicion inside Othello's mind at this point in the play, and jealousy has begun to overcome him. Lodovico a kinsman of Brabantio brings a letter from Venice to Othello commanding Othello to return to Venice. Desdemona talks to Lodovico about the trouble between her husband and Cassio -not of course the one invented by Iago, but Cassio's dismissal for drunkenness and fighting. As Othello appears to be reading this letter, thoughts in his mind of what Iago has told him of Cassio and Desdemona's affair (of which Desdemona knows nothing) finally affect him. Desdemona and her words about Cassio, are heard by Othello and he shouts out 'fire and brimstone' which cause Desdemona and Lodovico to think the contents of the letter have made him angry thus driving Othello to strike Desdemona. Then she obeys Othello by getting out of his sight. Othello then takes the opportunity to insult her before her old friends. This shows Desdemona's weakness as she has just been hit by her husband and instead of standing up to him and questioning him on why he struck her, she obeys him by getting out of his sight. ...read more.

Conclusion

She is strong in that she goes against what society considers the right way she does what makes her happy, and doesn't limit herself based on other peoples opinions. She has strength of character and lives life according to what she thinks is right for her. In her time this took strength and courage. She was seriously looked down upon not only by society but by her father as well. Desdemona loves her father in the play but also loves him because that's what she has to do. This is why Desdemona is one of the strongest characters in the play. Not only is she a women of strong will but a woman from an age when women were supposed to be weak. For most of the play, Desdemona proves to be the strongest female character. She sacrifices her reputation with society and her relationship with her father to be with the man she loves. Desdemona uses her last breathe to save Othello's reputation. The only evidence that Desdemona is a weak character in the play is due to Iago .He is the only reason there is any conflict in the play. He causes the deaths of Othello, Desdemona, Emilia, and Rodreigo. Overall I think that Desdemona's a strength of character is evident throughout the play Othello. ...read more.

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