Desdemona In Shakespeare's Othello

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In the Greek language, Desdemona means misery and misfortune. Ever since she married Othello, her name's definition has suited her. From being manipulated by Iago to being smothered by Othello, poor Desdemona was a passive victim. Contrary to her father's perception, Desdemona was more than "A Maiden never bold / Of spirit so still and quiet that her motion blushed at herself" (1.3.97-99). Shakespeare shapes Desdemona in a classy, passionate, pure and wise woman that challenges the perception of an average venetian woman. Her distinctiveness is appreciated by all of the characters of the play, except for Iago.