A Summary of Shakespeare's Othello

analytical Essay
847 words
847 words

Desdemona is a stunning, youthful, white, Venetian debutante. She is her father's pride and joy, but she refuses to marry any of the rich, handsome Venetian men that her surroundings expects her to spend the rest of her life with. Instead, she elopes with Othello – an older black man, an outsider to Venetian society. Turns out, this is a pretty intrepid move – Desdemona not only defies her father's expectations (that she marry a white man of his choosing), she also thumbs her nose at a society that largely disapproves of interracial marriages. In this way, Desdemona's relationship with Othello speaks to the play's concerns with Sixteenth Century attitudes about sex, gender, and race. Desdemona withholds many attributes to the play Othello by Shakespeare. She leads on a perfect life, as the perfect woman, but will it last forever? “[Othello] Why? Who are you? [Desdemona] Your wife, my lord. Your true and loyal wife.”( Act 4, Scene 2). Desdemona from Othello embodies what most would believe to be the perfect woman. She is loyal and trusting, innocent and pure, and her inner beauty is only matched by her outer experience. Her somewhat naïve personality however, leaves her exposed to the more worldly individuals, those who have learned how to take advantage of others through experience. What initially attracts many to Desdemona proves to be her downfall, and her Beattie 2 inexperience with the evils of the world leads to her demise. One's innocence attracts all types, yet this attraction may become lethal. Her husband, Othello, will protect her at any means. He will sacrifice himself for the love of his beloved wife. “[Othello]…Excellent wretch, perdition catch my soul, But I do love thee, and when I love thee not, Chaos is come aga... ... middle of paper ... ...utiful than can be described by ingenious writers who have made women famous. Desdemona’s youth, also portrays her oblivion. Desdemona represents many characteristics throughout the play Othello. The attributes of one such as Desdemona appear to be the perfect qualities that a woman can possess. Yet it is these same seemingly wonderful qualities that turn against their host, blinding them to the realities of society. Her trust in her husband does not allow her to see the beast he has become. Her loyalty to her friends blurs how the relationship may be seen from outside sources. Overall, this “perfect” Desdemona leads herself to her death, yet has no knowledge of doing so while on her life's journey. She leads on the perfect life, but in the end shows to every extent, that not everything can last forever. Not even your own loyalty to a relationship can last forever.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how desdemona's relationship with othello speaks to sixteenth century attitudes about sex, gender, and race.
  • Analyzes how desdemona's inexperience with the evils of the world leads to her demise.
  • Analyzes how desdemona's attitude changed when she was strangled by her husband, but she blamed no one but herself.
  • Analyzes how desdemona represents many characteristics throughout the play othello. she leads herself to her death yet has no knowledge of doing so while on her life's journey.
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