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  • Hey Olivia, good to see you. Hey, did you enjoy reading Shakespeare's Othello? What were your thoughts?
  • Hey! I did. Did you know that it is considered Shakespeare's most musical tragedy? I was surprised... let's go for a walk and talk about it.
  • Critics speculate the roles of many of the characters... especially Iago and Othello.
  • That is true. However, one character that may seem overlooked is Desdemona. While a seemingly secondary character to Iago and Othello, her actions and choices reflect the direction of the story almost directly.
  • (2) She is the one that argues to her husband of Cassio's nobility, she is the one who unknowingly set him to believe she was having an affair, which set the entire ending into motion. While Iago set the stage with his deviousness and trickery, she still took it and fell right into his trap.
  • (1) But how? I acknowledge she's an important character, but don't the actions of Iago and Othello overpower hers and take more meaning in the play?
  • (2) Yes, but I would not say that they were justified or clear. In fact, many argue that her words and actions consistently fail to project clear meaning and intent. This is somewhat ironic, since she is a character who places great confidence in the expressiveness of action.
  • (1) I see... so you believe the actions of Desdemona were pivotal in the continuation of the play?
  • I'm not sure I understand what you mean... could you give an example of where Desdemona's actions strayed from her intent?
  • A good example would be when Desdemona goes to her husband to praise Cassio. Her true intent would be so that he may get his position back. However, it was perceived differently with the help of Iago's manipulation.
  • Oh I see... Iago got into Othello's ear and made him believe that Desdemona and Cassio were having an affair, and with Desdemona going to Othello praising Cassio, she unknowingly contributed to Iago's deceit.
  • Exactly. This is just one example of how her actions and words went against her true intent, and in doing so, she commenced all critical scenes that followed.
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