Desdemona Essays

  • Desdemona Character Analysis

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    is her unjust suffering. Throughout the play, Desdemona is consistently depicted as innocent and good. Her virtue, if not her weakness and naivety, is presented in the fact that she loves and even pities Othello even in his most unforgivable and irrational moments. Desdemona symbolizes “Christian love and charity” during the course of the plot, such as when she offers Othello her handkerchief (Smith). Since Othello complains of a headache, Desdemona simply tries to help her husband by offering him

  • Othello And Desdemona Love Analysis

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    fall from grace when he is manipulated by a spiteful, duplicitous Iago. From exploiting his insecurities to planting doubt, Iago facilitates Othello’s radical transition from being a loving husband to killing his own wife. Although Othello and Desdemona seem to be impeccably virtuous when viewed independently, their relationship proves to be vulnerable due to their common obsession with appearances (vs. reality). Moreover, in consequence of this preoccupation, Othello’s subsequent trust in a treacherous

  • Desdemona And Women In Shakespeare's Othello

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    targets painted on women’s backs. Likewise, William Shakespeare in his tragedy, Othello, positions the Moorish general of the Venetian army, Othello, against his devoted wife, Desdemona, for the accusations of unchaste crimes. These toxic claims draw to an empathetic Emilia, who attempts to comfort the distressed Desdemona during the collapse of her marriage. Emilia’s vehement attitude on infidelity depicts the engenderings and liabilities associated with adultery. Through a feminist lens, Shakespeare’s

  • 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

  • Character Of Desdemona In Othello

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    At first sight the character of Desdemona in Othello seems to be almost perfect, without a doubt she shows characteristics of a good and kind person. By her being gentle, honest, and loyal and the most important the pure love she has for Othello all of this qualities make her unique. As known that she was maliciously accused of murder and, adultery she is not fully innocent. As mentioned before Desdemona has many virtues, but those virtues start to become her own flaws and her influential action

  • Othello Movie Analysis

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    being a soldier than himself . Iago tells his friend, Rodrigo, a Venetian, he serves Othello, the Moor who is a general in the Venetian army .Iago knows that Othello has secretly married Desdemona, the daughter of a of nobleman Brabantio who is a senator and renowned citizen of Venice, whom Rodrigo loves Desdemona and asked her father’s hand in marriage which Iago is aware of. With Iago’s hatred towards Othello, he tells Rodrigo that he plans to use Othello for his own advantage.Iago manipulates Roderigo

  • The Importance Of Jealousy In Othello

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    Tragedy of Othello by William Shakespeare is appropriately named due to the actions of it is characters. Othello, the main character in the play, is the leader of the Venetian army in the middle of a battle with the Ottoman Turks. He is married to Desdemona, who has gone against her father to be with Othello. Iago, who is married to Emilia, wants the lieutenancy in the army, but instead falls short to Cassio. Roderigo is a Venetian nobleman in the army. These characters work to remind the reader that

  • Explain How Iago Manipulate Othello

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    Ladies and gentlemen of the court, the evidence will show that Iago manipulated Othello to follow a path of lies and destruction, making him kill Desdemona. Othello was a Christian Moor who was secretly married to his faithful, independent wife Desdemona who was the daughter of Venetian senator Brabantio. Iago was Othello’s ensign and was upset about being passed over for the promotion of lieutenant. The man who received the promotion of lieutenant was Michael Cassio. Cassio was a good-looking young

  • Friendship In Othello

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    all “a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character,” (Oxford Dictionary) who in this case is Othello. He was a Venetian general living in Cyprus with his lovely wife Desdemona. The play begins with one of his most trusting friends, Iago, who is furious about Cassio being appointed as Othello’s lieutenant rather than him. Given this, Iago forms the web that he would use to ensnare the characters that he would use to bring

  • Othello Jealous Character Analysis

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    of the play. Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and he is jealous that she marries Othello. Later in the play, Roderigo recognizes that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio, so he goes as far to kill Cassio. Although this is a valuable reason why Roderigo is the most tragically jealous character, he does not get enough lines or appearances in the play compared to Othello. What makes Othello the most tragically jealous is that he actually murders Desdemona and orders Cassio dead as well. Othello

  • Iago Corruption In Othello

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    his wife, emilia. The biggest lie iago told othello was, “that in their sleeps will mutter their affairs / one of this find is cassio / in sleep i heard him say sweet desdemona / let us be wary let us hide our loves” (Shakespeare 3.3.438-420). Iago tells othello that in cassio 's sleep accidently muttered what he would say to desdemona when they were alone together. Iago tells this lie knowing it will send othello into a fit of rage. This would be the last straw for othello. That is what iago wants

  • Othello Relationship

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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

  • Persuasion And Manipulation In Shakespeare's Othello

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    Shakespeare’s Othello, persuasion and manipulation are themes throughout the play. Othello is the leader of the Venetian army who secretly marries the beautiful and sought-after Desdemona. His trusted advisor, Iago, secretly hates Othello and is very jealous of his life. Iago manipulates a man named Roderigo, who is in love with Desdemona and has hired Iago to help him get closer to her, in order to hurt Othello. Iago also manipulates Cassio, the lieutenant and second in command, and uses him as part of his

  • Character Traits In Othello

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    and advice, Othello becomes fully convinced that Desdemona is cheating. He begins to change the language that he uses towards Desdemona, calling her a “devil”and a “whore,” which is something he would never have said at the start of the play. His morals and mindset change as he sees Desdemona as a prostitute who would never love and appreciate him and he becomes volatile and lashes out. In the moments leading up to the time when Othello kills Desdemona, you see the final fight within himself. He is

  • 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

  • Jealousy In Othello Analysis

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    wrote “Othello the Moor of Venice” in 1604. Jealousy is fundamentally how the characters’ lives in Othello from the commencement, when Roderigo is envious of Othello because he longs to be with Desdemona, and to the finale of the play, when Othello is filled with envy because he believes Cassio and Desdemona have been engaging in an affair. For the most part the characters’ jealousy is engendered by other characters. Iago is involved in much of this, telling prevarications and engendering alluding

  • 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

  • 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

  • Character Analysis: Iago's Prosperous Plan

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    art of his manipulation, exploits the timing of situations and plays a role of a trustworthy partner to Othello. Iago’s clever plan of making Othello accept that Desdemona slept with Cassio all stems through the deed of manipulation. Iago plants the seed of doubt into Othello 's brain when Cassio seems to be converging with Desdemona. He deludes Cassio into taking a drink which later leads him into a altercation with the guard, causing him to be fired as lieutenant. This gives Iago the edge because

  • 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