Desdemona Essays

  • Desdemona, Counterpoint Of Mankind's Corruption

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    Desdemona, Counterpoint of Mankind’s Corruption Themes of deception and slander characterize Shakespeare's unique tragedy, Othello the Moor of Venice. Shakespeare seems to be highlighting all that is wrong with the world via Iago, a paranoid and miserably jealous character determined to pull everyone down to his gloomy state. Another character, Roderigo pathetically seeks Desdemona’s love despite her marriage while Othello unreasonably remains suspicious of his wife’s fawning fidelity. Yet, the alluring

  • Desdemona Is To Blame In William Shakespeare's Othello

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    discussed when Othello was first published. However, it is believed that the play was first played between 1604 and 1605 and, first printed in 1622. The central characters in the play are Othello – a highly esteemed general in the service of Venice, and Desdemona – a beautiful young lady who enrages her father, the Venetian senator, because she elopes with a man several years older than her, who is Othello. The doomed relationship between Othello and

  • Desdemona In Othello

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    women were thought of as “subjects” to the men in their lives, and were to be used at their disposable, doing whatever they demanded (Iyasere). Shakespeare even clearly points this out by means of Emilia’s speech early in the play, discussing with Desdemona why Othello was acting so aggressively about his lost

  • Othello Desdemona Qualities

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    pitch” Fu, Guweichun When a tragedy occurs, who is the most to blame? What holds most of the responsibilities? The fate, human conduct, or their seemingly good qualities? In William Shakespeare’s play “Othello”, the loving couple Othello and Desdemona got distanced and “murdered” by the rumor delivered by Iago, meanwhile, other people also died as a victim of Iago’s revenge on Othello. So many close relationships, as well as the harmonious and peaceful lives of a variety of people was unfortunately

  • Othello And Desdemona Analysis

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    Othello and Desdemona are in love with each other until Iago spreads lies about Desdemona. Iago tells Othello that Cassio slept with Desdemona and Othello starts to experience jealousy for the first time. Othello tells Iago he is confused and wants proof of Desdemona’s infidelity. Iago makes up a story about how he shared a bed with Cassio recently and Cassio was talking about Desdemona in his sleep and kissing him. Iago gives Othello more proof when he informs Othello of a citing of the spotted

  • Iago's Jealousy And Figurative Language In Othello

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    is going to loosen the relationship between Othello and Desdemona. As we approach the middle of the play, we begin to notice Othello’s characteristics with weaknesses and insecurities. As he takes reference to this comment: “Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! And when I love thee not Chaos is come again.” (III. iii. 90-92). Othello comments indicate that if their relationship does not work with Desdemona, everything will turn into chaos. This exhort shows little

  • Corruption In Othello

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    Both characters show a level of obliviousness of the plots in play around them. Desdemona is neglectful of Iago's trap when she permits herself to be seen with Cassio as Iago uncovers the sight to attentive Othello; at the same time, Desdemona says of Iago, "I never knew/A Florentine more kind and legit." However, while Emilia is unconscious of the damage she got to be included in when Iago requested she give him Desdemona's cloth, she is befuddled by Othello's suspicions and says, "If any villain

  • The Handkerchief In Othello Essay

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    happen to be Othello, Desdemona, and also Iago. To Othello, the handkerchief symbolizes a link to his past. The handkerchief was given to Othello by his mother, and he views the handkerchief as being magic and very ancient. Othello gave the handkerchief to Desdemona representing his love for her and their purity. In Act III scene 4, Othello asked Desdemona for the handkerchief, but Desdemona has lost place of it. In line 292 of Act III scene 4, Othello replies to Desdemona, “Entirely to her love

  • Othello Racism Analysis

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    and Roderigo taunt Brabantio, Desdemona 's father, who is also a senator of Venice. Yelling up at Brabantio, who appears at his house 's second-story window, Iago and Roderigo make racist jokes about Desdemona having eloped with Othello despite his dark complexion, foreign extraction, Muslim background, and lack of youth (Shumaker par. 25). Roderigo calls him "the thick-lips," and Iago highlights Othello 's race when he wants to paint an ugly sexual picture for Desdemona 's father, Brabantio: "Even

  • Theme Of Responsibility In Othello

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    that his irrationality cost Desdemona her life and that he must receive punishment. After Iago has killed Emilia for her disloyalty Othello exclaims towards Desdemona 's body “O ill-starr’d wench, pale as thy smock” By calling Desdemona “ill starr 'd” Othello is drawing an allusion to the belief that people

  • How Does Shakespeare Present Roderigo In Othello

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    Shakespeare 's famous play Othello, centers around a very valiant war hero Othello. Othello is a war veteran who is married to a woman named Desdemona. But Desdemona is not only loved by Othello, she is also loved by a man named Roderigo. Roderigo is a very desperate man, very desperate for Desdemona. Roderigo will do almost anything to get to Desdemona, this includes paying someone to literally go in and break them up at any cost. He hires a man to do this very job, this man 's name is Iago. We

  • Iago's Use Of Jealousy In Othello

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    Cyprus during the sixteenth century and commences with the paranoiac character of Iago, betraying Othello thus making him victim of harsh lies and rumours. His fair Desdemona portrays her love unconditionally, although due to Othello’s credulous nature and Iago’s conniving ways, she is held accountable for false pretences. Desdemona is blamed for having an affair with Cassio, which causes hers and Othello’s tragic deaths. Through the eponymous character and many secondary characters, including the

  • The Touch Of A Psychopath In Shakespeare's Othello

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    his gullibility and obsession with Desdemona to take control of his fortune. Iago doesn't care about Roderigo and he states “ Thus do I ever make my fool my purse”(Shakespeare 1.3.374). Iago knows that Roderigo is hopelessly in love with Desdemona but it doesn't affect him at all as he continues to give him false assurances that his money will be used to help him achieve a relationship with Desdemona. Iago is heartless, he ignores Roderigo’s love for Desdemona and just uses his naivete for his own

  • The Power Of Language Devices In Shakespeare's Othello

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    also to drive the plot of the play (Krieger, 2012). Powerful words are used in the world of “Othello” and can create order or chaos. Othello uses language when he tells his stories of war to Desdemona and as a result wins her heart. A positive example of the power of language is how Othello and Desdemona fall in love (Krieger, 2012). “She wished she had not heard it, yet she wished that heaven had made her such a man” (I.iii.160-161). Iago

  • Role Of Diction In Othello

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    audience to believe he is good, since he demonstrates how caring and loving he is to Desdemona. On the opposite scale, there is Iago who begins and ends with using revolting language, which further contributes to the malicious character he has created by his diction. However, Othello tragically transforms into another version of Iago. This is evidently shown through the overlapping diction expressed. Othello calls Desdemona a “weed” a “strumpet” and a “whore” which coincides with what Iago would also

  • How Does Jealousy Lead To Othello's Downfall

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    faces between these two plays and in both they lead to the downfall of characters. It is clear from the first scene that Roderigo is bitter towards Othello because Othello and Desdemona got married, because he also loves her and his jealousy is his motive throughout the entire play. After he saw that Othello and Desdemona were truly married, in a conversation with Iago, he stated "I will incontinently drown

  • The Dark Side Of Human Nature In Shakespeare's Othello

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    This includes Iago, who only cares for himself, Brabantio who has many doubts, and Roderigo who lacks intellect. Firstly, Iago demonstrates the dark side of human nature by being self-centered. He is manipulative and tells Othello to “observe her [Desdemona] well with Cassio” (Shakespeare, 3.3:197). Iago feeds Othello with countless lies and makes him miserable with something that is not factual. He is determined to get revenge and he does not realize Iago stands insincere. Furthermore, Iago is selfish

  • The Dangers Of Jealousy In Shakespeare's Othello

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    will continue to manufacture it”. Jealousy manages the characters’ lives in "Othello" from the beginning of the play, when Roderigo feels jealousy towards Othello because he desires to be with Desdemona, and to the ending of the play, when Othello is furious with envy because he supposes Cassio and Desdemona have been engaging in a love affair. Some characters’ jealousy is generated by other characters. Iago is involved in much of this, creating lies and executing fallacious situations. Does the play

  • Theme Of Betrayal In Othello

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    through the various relationships. Shakespeare uses imagery to show the corruption of relationships through the feeling or appearance of betrayal. This is evident between three main relationships throughout the play, Desdemona and Brabantio, her father, Iago and Emilia, and Othello and Desdemona, both husband and wife. Brabantio prior to the commencement of the play has tried to arrange Desdemona’s marriage but she not only rejects most of the eligible men presented to her, she concludes that she despises

  • Iago's Motives In Othello

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    He achieves this by purposely misinterpreting scenarios he created. One example is when Iago shows Othello that Cassio is talking to Desdemona. Shakespeare employs dramatic irony as the audience knows that Iago is the one who told Cassio to talk to Desdemona as she may have some way of convincing Othello to give Cassio his job back as the lieutenant. Iago purposely misinterprets their meeting telling Othello that they are having an affair. At