How much is Desdemona to blame for the tragedy of Othello?
- Desdemona is a defiant character who displays duality.
- Her duality of being assertive and submissive has enabled her to reconcile conflicts e.g. her marriage to Othello.
- This duality brings the theme of appearance and reality into play – Iago exploits this and depicts her as being untrustworthy and unfaithful, knowing that this would anger Othello because his greatest weakness is jealousy.
- Act III, scene III is crucial in portraying her insistent nature – it marks the moment where Iago’s machinations begin fully.