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An Analysis of the Topic of the Representation Task and the Capture of the Spirituality, Innocence and Courage of the Character Desdemona in Othello, a Play by William Shakespeare
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In my representation task I have endeavored to capture the spirituality innocence and courage of the character Desdemona in William Shakespeares 17th Century Revenge Tragedy Othello To explore how these aspects of Desdemonas psyche have been presented I have utilized devices of textual integrity such as symbolism juxtaposition and meta-fiction The primary symbol utilized in my image is the lion located within the cage Due to the fact that the Lion is a traditional symbol associated with courage I have included it to symbolically portray Desdemonas nobility but also to metaphorically depict how Desdemona is constrained almost imprisoned by her society and its values The audacity portrayed by Desdemona is presented through the text several times where the lion opts to break free from its constraints an example of which is present in the following excerpt Desdemona So much I challenge that I may profess Due to the Moor my lord IIII186 Through this act of insubordination a great irony is established - even though Desdemona can break free from the prison-like values of her contemporary society she chooses not to - she chooses to remain within the cage This irony however also works on another level through the vast symbolic use of the colour white a colour so often associated with religion both the spirituality and innocence of Desdemona are portrayed hyperbolically and thus the irony of a society imprisoning what they admire is established through this This concept of Desdemonas innocence and thus her naivety is accentuated through the use of meta-fiction at the top of the page which reads Desdemona Your wife my lord your true and loyal wife IVII33 This excerpt has been included to emphasize the juxtaposition between the na individual who fulfils the Elizabethan womens role by remaining loyal to her husband to the death and the courageous lion who chooses to break free from these societal constraints This juxtaposition represents the constant struggle that has
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