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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as is virtue Such is the case of the virtue of the character Desdemona from the play The Tragedy of Othello by William Shakespeare Desdemona was shown as a low moral virtue less female in the essay The Character of Desdemona by John Quincy Adams Contrary to this the modern reader can see that Shakespeare actually showed her to be a virtuous and loving person whose own innocence lead to her demiseIs Desdemona a virtuous character Is there anyone who can be so self-sacrificing Shakespeare is careful to give her a few minor flaws- her treatment of Brabantio her stubborn persistence about Cassio her lie about the handkerchief- to make her realistic But the overall character of Desdemona is of high stature it is her very innocence that makes her a victim of circumstance As a young Venetian woman Desdemona has lived a sheltered life in her fathers home This sheltering gave her an innate passion for all the things that she was denied She was denied all things that a modern day women would be allowed to do including the right to fall in love with someone free of social status age or race She then falls in love probably for the first time with a man several years older than herself from a faraway land and of a different race She is captivated by the mans stories and wishes she were a man so that she might also have an exciting life the very life she was denied because of her being a women Knowing that her father would disapprove of her marriage to such a man she elopes with Othello Desdemona is portrayed as a lovely courageous gentle woman deeply in love with her husband However she is not a perfect character but her morals and her virtues are still there In the play Desdemona says to her father Brabantio Iiii180 My noble father
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