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character of Desdemona in othello?      

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Posted December 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM via web

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character of Desdemona in othello?




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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 16, 2012 at 9:20 PM (Answer #1)

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Desdemona has many positive qualities. She is a beautiful, charming young woman who proves she has a mind of her own when she marries the man of her choice and not any of the various suitors that her family propose for her. Indeed, she goes against all the conventions of her society in marrying a man not of her own race. She proves to be an utterly loyal wife to him, but this very loyalty proves her undoing in the end, as she never for a moment believes that he could ever turn against her, and so makes her an all-too easy target for his wrath. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that she is simply too trusting, always ready to believe the best of everyone. Therefore she generally comes across as someone who is scarcely aware of the evils in the world. Perhaps her initial happiness with Othello helps to make her too complacent. She is pure and innocent, but too naive.

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