Desdemona as a Victim in the Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare

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Desdemona as a victim in The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare is widely known for his famous plays, sonnets, and other works including the tragedy. In The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, many characters are unjustly victimized. Throughout the play, Othello’s wife, Desdemona, is a victim of many false statements that lead to her ultimate death. In the beginning, Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, believes that Desdemona is a victim under a spell of the Moor Othello. As the play progresses, Othello, who is overcome with jealousy, falsely accuses Desdemona of having an affair with his lieutenant and best friend, Michael Cassio. After acquiring “proof” that Desdemona and Cassio are having
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She is considered a victim in this situation not only because her father disowns her, but because she was falsely accused of being under a spell her husband created.
As the play progresses, the dishonest Iago tells Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with his best friend, Michael Cassio. At first Othello does not believe Iago, but after acquiring “proof,” he falsely accuses Desdemona of not being faithful. “ . . . She’s gone, I am abus’d, and my relief/ Must be to loathe her” (Oth. 3.3. 269-270). Because he thinks his wife is cheating on him, Othello believes that his only solution is to hate Desdemona, even though it will tear him apart. Desdemona is a victim in this scenario because she is being falsely accused of cheating on her husband. She can also be considered a victim because of words that she chooses throughout this act. After Othello fires Cassio from his position as lieutenant for being drunk and disorderly on the job, Desdemona promises that she will make sure Othello forgives and forgets. “He [Othello] now believes that Cassio has despoiled Desdemona, and for that he seeks the cuckold's vengeance. No longer the doubtful, frustrated falconer, he has become the convinced, determined avenger” (Carson 193). Othello is one hundred percent convinced that Desdemona is being unfaithful and he makes a rash decision to no longer be a trustworthy, loving husband, but rather a mean and vengeful

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