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Who in your opinion is really responsible for the deaths of Desdemona and Othello? Use evidence from the text to support your opinion.

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  • Submitted: 24/07/2011
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GCSE Othello

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Who in your opinion is really responsible for the deaths of Desdemona and Othello?

Use evidence from the text to support your opinion.

Amy Heath - 10 Owen. A

This essay will discuss who is the most responsible for Desdemona and Othello's deaths in the play Othello by William Shakespeare. It will argue how many characters play a part, and how some parts are bigger than others. In the early 1600's, society was very much defined and you socialised in your social class. Daughters were supposed to serve their fathers and not be dishonest or dishonourable to them. So when Desdemona marries Othello (a black soldier, not in the same class as Desdemona or her father) without her father's knowledge, the marriage was in trouble from the very beginning, without anyone else's involvement. Iago's lies and deceit are also a very important factor to their deaths, and it would be very easy to just lay all the blame on him, but I believe that he alone did not cause the deaths of Desdemona and Othello.

One of the people who had a part in their deaths was Iago. His jealously and hatred of Othello

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