Macbeth And Desdemona's Characters: The Paths Of Actions Determine Character

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Actions determine character “Sow a thought, and you reap and act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character, Sow a character, and you reap a destiny” said by Samuel Smiles. When people develop their character, it all comes from their thoughts because that’s what begins their actions. Eventually those actions become habits because they are constantly being done and brought out. Once something becomes a habit that then develops one’s character. Character then determines one’s destiny so ultimately the path someone goes down comes from thoughts and actions. Even though Lady Macbeth and Desdemona went down two different paths during their lifetime both of their lives ended with terrible deaths. Though both women were victims to circumstances outside of their control, such as social…show more content…
Through everything with her dad and everyone’s disapproval Desdemona remained positive with all the hardships she went through and kept a good attitude. Another good thing she did was fulfilled her correct roles and duties such as being a good wife, helping others, and being faithful and loyal. At any moment Desdemona could have left Othello because all of the chaos she had to go through, but she didn’t, instead she stuck by his side through thick and thin. An example of this would be one of her final words to Othello “And you have mercy on me too! I never did anything wrong to you in my life. I never loved Cassio, except with the pure love that I feel for humankind. I never gave him any token of romantic love.” (Othello lines 73-76 pg 241). It is clear that Othello is still trying to implicate Desdemona for cheating on him with Cassio, but she denies and pours out her love for him. Desdemona could have easily left him because of how much he accused her of cheating, but Desdemona truly loved him and truly wanted to be with

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