In Othello every character has their own personalities that makes them the person they are. In Othello there are characters that show true grit, a fixed mindset, and a growth mindset. Each characters are different which makes the book even more interesting. True grit means to endure and push through to do something better no matter what it takes. An example of grit is studying for a long period of time for a test and enduring the amount of work that must be completed. The definition of mindset is the established set of attitude held by someone. There are two other types of mindset as well. There is growth mindset and fixed mindset. Growth mindset is when the person isn 't
Her character is portrayed as angelic through the use of heaven and hell imagery, where she is referred to as an “angel”. Desdemona was a loyal wife from the beginning of the play to Othello when Iago revealed their marriage to Brabantio, she describes her ‘divided duty’ as a daughter and a wife, but as tradition dictates, her commitment shall pass to her husband. She is a loyal wife to Othello but he does not see this, because of Iago’s manipulation and her constantly being blamed for being unchaste and “cuckolding” Othello. Throughout they play, Desdemona remains pure and loyal to Othello and when he questions her infidelity she responds with, “Your wife, my lord. Your true and loyal wife.” (Iv, II, 33). When Othello is manipulated to think that Desdemona is cuckolding him it makes him mad and eventually causes him to lose his sense and murder Desdemona. This shows no loyalty to Desdemona he didn’t even trust her enough to listen to her and sort out the conflict. Desdemona is perhaps the most loyal character in the play as even on her death bed, Desdemona refused to acknowledge Othello as her murderer and condemns herself for her own death, “Nobody; I myself. Farewell; commend me to my kind lord. O, farewell!” (V, II, 138). It is in her last moments of life that she asserts her loyalty to Othello, “I never did offend you in my life; never loved Cassio but with such general
To begin, one factor that causes Othello’s downfall is that he is characterized by gullibility. Firstly, Othello is tricked by Iago, who leads him to believe that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. After Iago tells Othello about Cassio’s dream, Othello says, “Oh, monstrous! Monstrous!" (Shakespeare. 3. 3. 427). Othello trusts and relies on Iago too much; he believes Desdemona is truly having an affair with Cassio. His gullibility makes him become very vulnerable in Iago’s revenge scheme and gradually becomes increasingly jealous. When jealousy takes over Othello, his mind and judgment are disturbed. Furthermore, when Emilia tells Othello about the death of Desdemona, Othello admits to murdering his honest wife Desdemona but says that he killed her because she is untrue to him. After Emilia tells Othello that his thought is untrue, Othello replies: “Ay, ’twas he that told me first./ An honest man he is, and hates the slime/ That
In Othello, Desdemona has a relentless nature which allows her to love and care unconditionally. Throughout the play, Desdemona has a determined attitude towards her beliefs and she does not believe other’s opinions. This is shown when Desdemona and Emilia were having a conversation. Emilia tells Desdemona that Othello shows jealously but Desdemona immediately disagrees with Emilia telling her to “Believe me, I had rather have lost my purse/Full of crusadoes And but my noble Moor/ Is true of mind, and made of no such baseness/As jealous creatures are, it were enough/To put him to ill thinking” (3.4.24-29). Desdemona is relentless in her love for Othello and claims Othello to be too noble to be jealous. Her relentless nature makes her love for Othello so unconditional that she cannot see the clear jealousy Othello harbours. Desdemona then shows that she is not only relentless but determined when she makes a promise with Cassio. After being harshly fired, Desdemona promises Cassio that she will convince
Although the audience knows that Othello is jealous. Othello himself denies that he has been consumed by jealousy, and that he has been behaving irrationally. Othello claims that “it is the cause, [his] soul. Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars. It is the cause. Yet I’ll not shed [Desdemona’s] blood” (Shakespeare 5.2.1-3). Denying that he is jealous Othello claims that he is not going to kill Desdemona as of this moment. He also insist that the reasoning to killing Desdemona would be because of justice, and not jealousy. After killing Desdemona Othello argues with Emilia that “Cassio did top [Desdemona]. Ask thy husband [Iago] else O, I were damned beneath all depth in hell [b]ut that proceed upon just grounds” (Shakespeare 5.2.139-142). Othello insists that he was justified in killing his wife because she cheated on him with Cassio. Otherwise he would have gone to hell for
Desdemona is portrayed as a very inquisitive women, whom loves to explore the things and people outside of her class. She fell in love with Othello because of her curious nature and being attracted to his acts of bravado. Her intentions are sincere; however her curiosity in this act is seen as folly. She asks her cousin Lodovico about his arrival and informs him of Cassio’s dismissal. This angers Othello as she is praising another man, taking a persona of being proactive about him. For Othello this concludes that she is disobedient and has dishonored him - to put her in place, he resorts to violence:
Throughout my study of “Othello”, I have learnt of the many aspects of Othello’s character. He is noble and strong, yet he has many insecurities and is recognised for trusting others too easily. This causes him to obtain the famous title of ‘tragic hero’. According to Greek philosopher Aristotle there are certain characteristics of a tragic hero. These include a noble birth, a tragic flaw that eventually leads to his downfall, a reversal of fortune brought about by the hero’s tragic flaw, his actions results in an increase of self-awareness and the audience must feel pity or fear for the character.
get taken advantage of by Othello and that this could ruin his whole family. This quote shows the
While Othello once came across as loving and extremely affectionate towards Desdemona, when his jealousy takes over, he becomes blinded by rage. This anger finally shows itself to her in Act 4, after he has already made the decision to kill her. When they are speaking with Ludovico and he claims “I think, they do command him home/Deputing Cassio in his government”, Desdemona replies “Trust me, I am glad on’t” (IV.i.263-264;265). Othello, becoming so frustrated by what he believes her to be implying, strikes her and calls her a devil. Then, in her shock and confusion, Desdemona meekly leaves, claiming she doesn’t want to offend him.
Desdemona is shown as the most pure and proper of the women in Othello and is put into the center of all the drama. The men of the play manipulate her image of a naive lover to being a “ ...strumpet!” (V.ii.94). Desdemona is oblivious to what is going on around her and stays loyal to her morals but Iago’s rumours lure Othello to thinking otherwise. Desdemona’s true morals is her absolute devotion to her husband. She stayed loyal to her lover throughout the entire play and in the end it did her no good. “Nobody; I myself. Farewell! Commend me to my kind lord. O, farewell!” Desdemona on her deathbed, still defends her Lord’s actions. She does not fight back nor call for help, Desdemona begs for her life asking to “Kill me (Desdemona) tomorrow; let me live tonight!” (V.ii.97). She is not as strong-willed like the other ladies and is Shakespeare’s example of the archetype of the innocence and has the bases of a flat character. After the
When revealing the moment of tragic recognition, the audience must first identify the tragic hero. In Shakespeare’s “Othello,” the namesake bears such title. Othello is a seasoned military champion who woos and wins the heart of the beautiful and pure Desdemona. However, after being manipulated by the sinister Iago, Shakespeare reveals jealously as Othello’s fatal flaw. Ignorant of Iago’s plan, Othello wholly believe the vicious lies spun out of Iago’s quest for revenge, based on his belief that Othello “used” his wife. Similarly, this ignoble antagonist determines to seek tit for tat by taking Othello’s wife. Consequently, driving Othello to the brink of madness with accusations concerning Cassio and Desdemona, Iago convinces Othello to spy
When Othello was enraged thinking his wife was cheating on him, he struck her, to which she later responded saying “I will not stay to offend you” (Othello 4.1.196) even though she did nothing wrong. On the other
Looking at the play, all along Desdemona is a very feminine character. She most likely acts like a wife and daughter. So full of cares, Desdemona at a point of the play even neglected her house quarrels and goes out to spare fellings with Cassio to try to help with his situations with Othello. So faithful she was, even when she and Othello were not on the best terms, she was still trying to fixed everything even she knows that she was not cheating, which she explains, " Yes, faith, so humbled that he hath left parts of his grief with me to suffer with him. Good love call him
Throughout Othello, Shakespeare gave each woman a different type of strength, which he developed through their relationships and interactions with the other characters to eventually show his overall message and opinion regarding women. Starting with Desdemona, one of her main displays of strength and courage was during her death scene. Although on the surface her begging and crying in response to Othello may seem like a weakness, it actually showed her intelligence and quick-thinking (therefore strength, especially for women in that time period and culture). We already know from earlier in the play that Desdemona is very observant (when she notices something is wrong with Othello) (3.3.325), and during her death scene this is shown again when
"Othello is set in a world and focuses on the passions and personalities of its major figures." (Thomas). Othello is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The work revolves around four central characters: Othello, Othello's wife Desdemona, his lieutenant Cassio and advisor Iago. The play appeared in seven editors between 1622 and 1705. The themes of the story are racism, love, jealousy, and betrayal. Othello is a black soldier who is accused of stealing his wife Desdemona. Although Desdemona's father dislikes his daughter's choice, Desdemona loves Othello very much and the two are married. Othello’s right hand man is angered at the fact that Othello picked a man named Cassio to be more important than him and he also feels that he is messing with his wife. Iago plans to manipulate Othello but his plan eventually causes more hurt to most of the characters. Iago tries to use the meeting between Cassio and Desdemona as a way to make Othello believe she was cheating on him. Iago goes on with his manipulative plan by planting a handkerchief in Cassio's room, and goes and tell Othello about what he has seen Cassio do. Othello becomes jealous throughout the story and begins to believe that Cassio is talking to his wife. Iago persuades Othello to come up with a master plan to kill Cassio and Desdemona. As Othello tries to kill Desdemona, Emilia, Iago's wife, comes in to tell Othello the truth about Iago. Unfortunately it is too late. Othello had already suffocated her. When Othello