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In the play Othello Shakespeare instills the gender rules for women but toys with the idea of women breaking the rules Desdemona becomes the victim of her own decision in disobeying the rules Desdemona suffers before she dies consequently for her actions Desdemona appears to follow the gender rules but she makes the fatal decision of breaking one rule which lead to more broken rules Desdemonas mistakes in breaking the gender rules cause her to lose everything she has Desdemona is often overlooked as the average person who obeys the rules instead of the true nature inside of her The Desdemonas true nature is revealed early in the play when she says I am hitherto your daughter but heres my husband and so much duty as my mother showed to you preferring you before her father so much I challenge that I may profess Iiii203-205 Desdemonas defiance of not just an elder but her father Brabantio causes her to break the rule The protection and love shown by Brabantio are all tossed away by Desdemona as if they meant nothing to her Although Desdemona mentions Brabantio as a noble father Iiii198 and how she respects Iiii202 him she makes up her mind and relinquishes her father Desdemona tries to justify her actions despite everything her father does for her when she says Nor would I reside to put my father in impatient thoughts bye being in his eye Iiii263-265 Although Desdemona tries to comfort Brabantio she only makes things worse by refusing to stay with him and going with Othello The grief of betrayal leads to Brabantios death later in the play when Gratiano says I am glad thy fathers dead The match was mortal to him Vii241-242 The broken gender rules come back to haunt Desdemona when she tries to help Cassio recover his position The decision to go with Othello violates more gender rules than the disobedience of Brabantio and leads to the
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