Desdemona's Madness In Othello

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Othello, the Shakespearean tragedy which features Othello the moor as the main character, is a Shakespearean play rich for interpretation. Othello follows the story of Othello and his wife Desdemona as their story, unfortunately, ends in tragedy, murder, and suicide. Due to the fact that Othello is black, he is susceptible to the racial stereotypes that Shakspeare has built for him. Othello is originally introduced as an honorable and dignified man but throughout the play, he slowly and then rapidly deteriorates into an almost animal-like state. While many could argue that Othello 's madness originates from Iago 's constant manipulation, it can be claimed that Desdemona played a significant part in the deterioration of Othello’s character. It can be asserted that Desdemona 's subservient demeanor throughout…show more content…
From this first introduction, one can infer that Desdemona, as Othello describes her, is gentle. While many could argue that this is an over-interpretation of Desdemona’s introduction, Shakespearean introductions are very important. It is clear to see Shakespeare 's intended interpretation of Desdemona when comparing her introduction to Katharina’s from The Taming of The Shrew. In The Taming of The Shrew Katharina is first mentioned by her father when he is addressing Tranio and Lucentio: “Gentlemen, importune me no farther,/.../That is, not to bestow my youngest daughter/Before I have a husband for the elder. /If either of you both love Katherina” (1.1.48-52). Katharina is first introduced as someone unwanted and unloved whereas Desdemona’s first introduction consists of a proclamation of love. While this is a small indication of Desdemona 's kind nature, it is crucial to her character because the audience’s first impression of her is as an innocent and loving women and subsequently the beginning of Desdemona and Othello’s character dynamic is

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