Shakespearean Character Study: Desdemona of Othello

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Shakespearean Character Study: Desdemona of Othello

  1. 1. Louis A-Worsop 10RO
  2. 2.  Establishing the background
  3. 3.  Desdemona is a Venetian beauty who enrages her father many times She is in the play Othello which is set in Venice in 1601-1604
  4. 4.  Othello is a highly esteemed general in the service of Venice. Othello promotes the medial Cassio to the position of personal lieutenant and Lago is dead jealous. Lago begins an evil and malicious campaign against the hero. Othello elopes with Desdemona but Lago starts to plot against them. Othello becomes jealous and suspicious of Desdemona
  5. 5.  Desdemona is in a PvP conflict with Lago The conflict is between Lago and Desdemona, as they are competing for the affections/time/attention of Othello
  6. 6.  Lago is jealous of Desdemona and Othellos relationship so devises an evil and malicious plan to destroy their relationship.
  7. 7.  This drama is one of the great tragedy themed plays by William Shakespeare. Othello is a highly esteemed general in the service of Venice. Iago is Othellos ambitious friend. Othello promotes the Michael Cassio to the position of personal lieutenant and Iago is deadly jealous. Iago begins an evil and malicious campaign against the hero. Othello elopes with Desdemona but Iago starts to plot against them.
  8. 8.  Othello becomes jealous and suspicious of Desdemona. He confides in Iago that he plans to poison Desdemona. Plots and murders ensue and Othello returns to the castle to kill his innocent wife. He eventually smothers her to death. Emilia tells Othello the truth about the scheming Iago. Othello wounds Iago, then kills himself. Iago kills Emilia.
  9. 9.  Exploring the character
  10. 10.  Desdemona is a beautiful, young, white, Venetian debutante, her fathers pride and joy. But she refuses to marry any of the rich, handsome Venetian men that everyone expects her to marry. Instead, she elopes with Othello
  11. 11.  In the play Othello Desdemona changes quite a bit from the assertive heroine to a passive victim Desdemona falls in love with Othello despite the words of her father
  12. 12.  Desdemona is murdered by Othello her husband. On stage Othello normally smothers her with a pillow. Othello feels that she is a liar and cheated on him with his ex-lieutenant Michael Cassio, Who Othello believed was killed already by Iago.
  13. 13.  Othello accuses Desdemona of lying O, devil, devil! If that the Earth could teem with womans tears, Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile. Out of my sight! Othello kills himself: I kissed thee ere I killed thee. No way but this, Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.
  14. 14.  Wikipedia.com Absoluteshakespeare.com Answers.yahoo.com Drbilllong.com Enotes.com Novel guide.com Sederi.com Shmoop.com Othello by Adam McKeown

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