The Character Of Desdemona In Shakespeare's Othello

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Many people would question the women’s role in this story. Why didn’t they question the men more, or why didn’t they defend themselves better? In the Renaissance era women were raised differently than now a day. So, to put ourselves in their shoes for a moment we realize that these women that are in this story are very brave. Desdemona was courageous many times in this story, one of which is when she stood in front of the many powerful men to stand up and explain to the Duke that Othello did not “curse’ her, which also led to her explaining her father as why she “disobeyed” him. When she decided to stand up to Othello and defend Cassio for the foolish mistake that he had done to Montano. Lastly, at the end, Othello was explaining …show more content…
Women back then would never be in the same room with the Duke, or in other words, they would not speak of their mind to the Duke. Desdemona knew that she loves the Moore with all her heart and she was not going to have it all be stripped from her, because of her father. So, to keep what she wanted, she stood up in front of the Duke, “But here’s my husband, and so much duty as my mother showed to you, preferring you before her father,” (1.3.186-188). Women had to be very strategic back then, they were not aloud to speak ill of a man out in the open. So instead they had to work their way around, while at the same time they are still making things right and getting what they want, “It is most often the men who intensify the conflicts, practicing infidelity or taking revenge on wives they suspect of infidelity; the wives, even when wronged, often succeed in mending their relationship. The women in Othello similarly seek to secure harmonious relationships, but fail to do so” said by Carol Neely in Women and Men in Othello. Women back then were in a sense molding their husbands into whatever they felt their husbands needed to be. Desdemona saw the horror in the eyes of the Moore that he had been through and seen the venerability in him. She knew that he had the potential of being a better and understanding man that can show …show more content…
They didn’t care about what all the men thought of them, they only cared for wanting to do what was right in front their lord. Which in doing so, everyone respected Desdemona, and knew that everything she spoken of was true, other than Othello. It wasn’t just Desdemona that was brave in the story, but so was Emilia, she was always making sly remarks that was directed towards her husband Iago. The women back then have to pretty much watch out for each other, Desdemona defends Emilia from Iago’s insults just as Emilia will ultimately defend Desdemona from Othello. Which she was successfully able to do in the final act of the story, she gave her life to rat her husband out in order to clear Desdemona’s name in being unfaithful. They were amazed by her power to move man and beast by just using her words and mindfulness, “She might lie by an emperor’s side, and command him tasks…O, she will sing the savageness out of a bear” (4.1.180-81, 184-85). She showed signs of being truthful, sensitive, but also being strong for what she believed in and for also the amount of love she had for the Moore, even during the final act. Both Desdemona and Emilia showed great strength, all by just being kind hearted and smart with their words. Even though the ended didn’t end up the way we all wanted it to, it still showed that sometimes being kind (even to

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