How does Desdemona's love for Cassio make her responsible for her own tragic downfall? (whether deemed friendship or not)  I'd like to mention this in my essay; the essay question is 'To what...

How does Desdemona's love for Cassio make her responsible for her own tragic downfall? (whether deemed friendship or not)

 

I'd like to mention this in my essay; the essay question is 'To what extent do you consider Desdemona to be responsible for her own tragic end?'

Please help, I need to hand this in soon!

 

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Yes, Desdemona does play a part in her own downfall.  She has such a gentle and kind nature that she falls victim to those who would take advantage of this kindness.  She wants Othello to be happy and she desires Cassio to be content as well.  While I do not find evidence of Desdemona's love for Cassio extending beyond friendship, it is easy to see how Iago manipulated the appearance of this friendship as something more.  Perhaps Desdemona did not realize Othello was such a jealous man.  She certainly knew nothing of the poisonous words Iago was whispering into his ear.  Her kind heart led her to step out of her place as a gentlewoman and a wife to try and help a friend.  Unfortunately, this step appeared to be proof to Othello of a betrayal which never existed.  Desdemona's fault was her own gentle nature and her steps to recommend a friend to her husband.

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