Comparison Between Desdemona And Lady Macbeth
Desdemona actually was corrupted by concept of power as well, but in a less obvious and evil way. Desdemona held quite a large amount of respect and love for Othello during the entire play, she realized how much of a powerful man he was, and she wanted what was best for him. This sense of caring turned out to make her less aware of what was going on around her. In Act 4, Desdemona and Emilia have a famous conservation where they talk about husbands cheating and she can’t believe anyone would do that because of her experiences with Othello. Othello’s powerful presence has Desdemona trapped in a mental state where everything looks and sounds perfect, and any mistakes that happen are all because of her. In the play, Othello is tricked by Iago into believing that Desdemona has cheated on him with a man called Cassio. Othello goes on a rampage which eventually ends with him killing her. When Emilia checks on Desdemona, she sees her on the verge of death. Emilia then asks Desdemona who could have done this to her, and Desdemona answers “Nobody! I myself, farewell!”. She refuses to blame Othello for his actions and even puts the blame on herself, maybe this is because Othello’s powerful presence intimidated her or maybe she truly loved him and believed that he was doing the right thing.
Both Lady Macbeth and Desdemona have had separate experiences with power, but sadly the concept of power twisted their minds and the minds of the people they loved. This resulted in their imminent deaths, with Lady Macbeth dying because of the guilt that power caused and Desdemona being killed because the effect that power had on Othello. No matter how sweet power seems to taste, it ended up leaving these women with a sour taste in their