Desdemona (Othello)

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Desdemona by Frederic Leighton

Desdemona is a fictional character in the play Othello by William Shakespeare. She is Othello's wife, and the daughter of Senator Brabantio. She is both lightskinned and innocent; Shakespeare uses her as a symbol of purity to contrast malevolent Iago and his worldly wife, Emilia.

Desdemona's love and trust for her husband lasts to her dying breath.

Desdemona is a self-sacrificing Christ figure somewhat like Cordelia from another Shakespeare play, King Lear.

Critics classify her as one of Shakespeare's rebellious females. Although headstrong they are still easily manipulated and "gentle".

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