• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The presentation of Desdemona In Othello

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Othello section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Othello essays

  1. Discuss the presentation of Desdemona In the Play Othello

    Othello claims that his innocence will set him free as he says in Act 1 Scene 3, and he tells Brabantio that the only trickery he has used is his war stories. Desdemona is little more than a girl and has never really lived on her own and she is inexperienced in the ways of the world.

  2. Is Othello a 'noble hero' brought down by 'a devil of motiveless malignity' or ...

    As he plots his revenge, it is clear Iago respects and cares for no one. (Act 1, Scene 3, 378-381) I hate the Moor, And it is thought abroad that 'twixt my sheets H'as done my office. I know not if't be true, But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, Will do, as if for surety.

  1. Is Desdemona a figure of weakness or strength? Discuss with relation to one key ...

    Shakespeare has deliberately used this comment to reflect Iago's capability, so it can be said that Desdemona is too weak to sub-consciously resist against Iago's power. Desdemona's marital bliss is slipping rapidly, and her blind nature is letting it happen.

  2. How Desdemona is presented as acharacter and perceived by others in Othello.

    Her 'loveliness in favour, sympathy in years, manners and beauties' are compared to Othello, whose blackness is paralled to the devil. The way she is perceived as the object of beauty and caring nature is again pointed out by Roderigo who says in response 'I cannot believe that of her;

  1. Examine the presentation of Othello in Act One

    Once we meet Othello in Act One we realise he is not the man that Roderigo and Iago have described him as. However, throughout the remainder of the rest of the play Othello descends into many of the things Iago and Roderigo describe him as; he becomes irrational, untrustworthy where

  2. How Is Othello Viewed By Others And How Does He View Himself

    Brabantio may have respected Othello as a military general, as a close acquaintance, and perhaps even as a friend, but it is clear that he never considered Othello good enough to be a husband for his daughter. Characters that form negative or racist views towards Othello do rarely mention these

  1. When Othello gets the letter from Lodovico and he reads it, I think Lodovico ...

    In my opinion when Othello is yelling at her, I think he is starting not to trust Desdemona because she may only bring bad luck and that if he stays with her, then he will never be happy because he would be betrayed all the time due to the relationship with Cassio.

  2. Why Desdemona falls in love with Othello and marries him secretly

    In his essay, Eldred Jones has concurred with this by stating that Othello made himself available to public criticism and assaults on his character by marrying a young white girl ("Othello- An Interpretation" Critical essays l42). Furthermore, the couple's constant struggle over power and control makes them susceptible to destruction of their happiness.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work