Desdemona: Saint, Sinner or Fool
Analyzes the character of Desdomona from Shakespeare’s play `Othello`. Paints a picture of Desdemona as a feminist hero victimized by life in an era hostile to women.
The character of Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello is one of the most puzzling and challenging characters in the entire Shakespearean canon. This is so partly because of the curious dramatic fact that, unlike other Shakespearean heroes and heroines whose soliloquies give us entrance to many aspects of their personalities, Desdemona is known more by what others think about her than for what she says or does. For instance, her saintly virtue is referred to throughout the play (II.iii.23; III.i.34; IV.i.14 to cite but a few) by everyone except her father and Iago.