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Desdemona Character Analysis

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on 18 May 2015

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Transcript of Desdemona Character Analysis

Desdemona
Background
Character Actions
Predictions
(a) What do you think this character will be?
Character Traits
QUOTES
My noble father,
I do perceive here a divided duty.
To you I am bound for life and education.
My life and education both do learn me
How to respect you. You are the lord of duty.
I am hitherto your daughter. But here’s my husband.
And so much duty as my mother showed
To you, preferring you before her father,
So much I challenge that I may profess
Due to the Moor my lord.
Daughter of Brabantio (well-respected)
his pride and joy (line 193)
Considered a Venetian woman
beautiful (line 68)
admired by many (line 69)
This quote shows that Desdemona is authoritative and confident, having made up her mind to go against her father's wishes and going off with Othello.
- Murdered by someone so close yet so far
- Desdemona trusts her husband (or so it seems)
- She herself might not be very trustworthy and thus leading to her own demise
- Desdemona can be killed by Iago himself
- OR she could be killed by Othello
- ORR Desdemona could commit suicide
(b) What will this character will do in the next act? By the end of the play?
- Desdemona and Othello left the Duke’s place after their marriage was justified
- So in the following act, it is plausible that they have a romantic conversation
- OR Desdemona somehow bad-mouths Othello to Emilia, her attendant/Iago’s distrustful wife
- Shakespeare’s plays are mostly tragedies, plots can twist any moment
- It is extremely predictable that some characters will definitely face a painful death of betrayal
1) Desdemona marries Othello
2) Emilia, Desdemona, Iago and Roderigo arrive at Cyprus.
What Action Is This Character Involved In?
What are the consequences of these actions or events?
1) -As Desdemona marries Othello, Roderigo likes Desdemona but he has no chance to be with her.
- He pays Iago to try to get together with Desdemona.
- Roderigo and Iago then go to Desdemona's father's house, Barbantio, saying that they are "making the beast with two backs," (Page 10).
-Barbantio goes to look for his daughter.
2) - Iago sees Cassio holding Desdemona's hand
-He is trying to use that evidence to frame Cassio and Cassio will lose his promotion. (Act 2, Scene 1, Page 81)
Relationships
Brabantio and Desdemona
Othello and Desdemona
Iago and Desdemona
- Brabantio is too over-protective towards Desdemona (line 65)
- Desdemona is loyal and gives all respect to her father, Brabantio (line 185)
- Desdemona and Othello provides love and secure towards each other and remain faithful (line 250-260)
Desdemona
-Brave (marriage in act 1)

-Confident/Authoritative , Submissive (line 181- admits to Brabantio)

-Loving (line 248- Othello, Cyprus)

-Two faced


That I did love the Moor to live with him,
My downright violence and storm of fortunes
May trumpet to the world. My heart's subdued
Even to the very quality of my lord.
I saw Othello's visage in his mind,
And to his honors and his valiant parts
Did I my soul and fortunes consecrate.
So that, dear lords, if I be left behind
A moth of peace and he go to the war,
The rites for which I love him are bereft me,
And I a heavy interim shall support
By his dear absence. Let me go with him.
[Page 46]
This quote tells us that Desdemona truly loves Othello and she did be miserable if she is separated from him.
-Desdemona has a bad conflict with Iago about how women look or act. (line 150)
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