Compare Desdemona in Ann-Marie MacDonald's Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) to Shakespeare's Othello.

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Desdemona from Ann-Marie MacDonald's Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is a more assertive, bloodthirsty character than the Desdemona from Shakespeare's Othello. The latter is more of a product of her time. She does not speak out against the men in power and can only defend herself so much. In contrast, the Desdemona from MacDonald's play is braver, stronger, and more willing to speak her mind.

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In Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), our protagonist Constance finds herself in the world of Shakespeare's plays. She is able to influence what happens as she interacts with the characters, while maintaining her knowledge of what happens in the stories. She comments on Desdemona:

Boy, Shakespeare really watered her down (2.2).

In Othello, Desdemona attempts to stand up for herself. She testifies in front of the Duke that she loves Othello and willingly married him. We learn that she even wants to follow him to Cyprus. However, she is still a product of the time she is in and can only assert herself so much. She defends Othello to Emilia. While she tries to explain that she is faithful to him, she cannot match him physically. He strikes her, and yet she still returns when he calls for her.

In Ann-Marie MacDonald's play, Desdemona is stronger and is seen sword-fighting. She is bloodthirsty, encouraging Constance to "slay Professor Night." She curses, echoing Constance's cries of "bullsh*t." This is a change from Shakespeare's Desdemona, who is shocked to hear Emilia discuss men's faults and explain the reasons why women might cheat on their husbands.

In Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Constance is in search of the Wise Fool. Desdemona comments:

"The only wise fool is a one that's dead.
I hate a tripping, singing, licensed fool" (2.2)

There is a Clown in Othello, although he only appears twice and very briefly. He brushes the musicians away from Desdemona's chamber. Later, Desdemona asks him to seek out Cassio:

Desdemona: Seek him, bid him come hither: tell him I have
moved my lord on his behalf, and hope all will be well.

Clown: To do this is within the compass of man's wit: and
therefore I will attempt the doing it (3.4).

Given their limited interaction, it is hard to gauge Desdemona's exact feelings on the Clown. She has to deal with his word games, but still asks him to find Cassio instead of getting help from someone else.

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