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Othello Case - Desdemona

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Desdemona is a lady of spirit and intelligence. She is the daughter of Senator

Brabantio. Desdemona is determine, self possessed well-spoken and apparently, but also

often deceptively, worthy of confidence and trust. Desdemona is the most direct and

honest speaker in the play. Her speeches are not as lengthy as those of the men, but with

Desdemona, every word counts. She is secretly married to Othello at the begin of the

play but is now known and open to everyone.

Othello had feared to marry Desdemona due to her father, so Desdemona took

Othello in marriage without asking her father, evidently satisfied that as a black man he

could not obtain Brabantio's consent. Act I Scene III Brabantio said "She is abusedd,

stolen from me, and corrupted By spells, and medicines, bought of mountebanks; For

nature, so preposterously to err, Being not deficient, blind, or lame of sense Sans witch-

craft could not". When the matter is brought before the Senate, Brabantio's objections to

Othello all have to do with his difference of race and color. Brabantio thinks it utterly

unnatural for Desdemona to accept Othello willingly and knowingly. He cannot conceive

how his daughter, a fair maid of Venice, could consent to marry a man of Othello's color

and nationality, unless in some way out of her senses.

Desdemona was a faithful and bold wife, she was also independent. For her,

Othello her husband is the hero of many exciting and dangerous adventures. Desdemona

was determined to let her father know that Othello was the man for her. She defended

her choice of marriage to her father in Act I Scene III, in position of her husband. Her

love for her husband is so strong that she is more concerned of his love for her than for

her spoiled name. There are many incidents in this play where we can see that

Desdemona loves Othello with all her heart. In Act I Scene III Desdemona express her



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