Othello is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1603 about the betrayal of a Moorish Venetian general, Othello. Iago, a trusted officer of Othello, tries to get revenge on Othello for supposedly sleeping with his wife and not giving him the position of lieutenant. Desdemona, Othello’s wife, is pulled into Iago’s devious plan for revenge and unfortunately perishes at the end. Throughout the play, she was put through many obstacles but she proved to the reader that she is a strong and courageous woman.The main obstacle was the racist society that Desdemona lived in. For her being white and married to Othello, a non-white, it is a very controversial thing during that time. Many people including Othello, didn’t understand why or how she came to love a moor. Desdemona was expected to marry one of the rich Venetian men. Instead, she defied society’s and her own father’s expectations of her in the name of love which is a bold move. She displayed her courage when she says to her father:My noble father,I do perceive here a divided duty.To you I am bound for life and education.My life and education both do learn meHow to respect you. You are the lord of my duty,I am hitherto your daughter. But here’s my husband,And so much duty as my mother showedTo you, preferring you before her father,So much I challenge that I may professDue to the Moor my lord. (I.iii.208-218)In this scene, Desdemona is telling her father, Brabantio, that she is married to Othello and loves him in front of the Duke and his senators. Basically, she is standing up to her father and society by rejecting them in public. Brabantio adored Desdemona and thought of her as his jewel because she is very precious to him. It would take a lot of courage and strength to defy somebody that loves you as much as Brabantio. Throughout the play, Othello turns insane with jealousy which turned Desdemona into a victim of abuse. Iago tricked Othello of thinking that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio, his lieutenant. The suspicions led to him hitting Desdemona but she fires back with, “I have not deserved this (IV.i.269)”. She showed the same courage she had from the beginning where she defied Brabantio. This time she defied Othello saying that she does not deserve his mistreatment. This establishes that Desdemona is aware of her abuse and she doesn’t accept it. She endures the abuse to find out why Othello is angry but stays faithful to him which makes her strong. Other women would’ve left Othello on the spot but she stayed. Towards the end of the play, Desdemona sacrificed herself in an attempt to save Othello. After Othello killed her, Emilia entered and Desdemona said with her dying breath: Emilia O, who hath done this deed?Desdemona Nobody. I myself. Farewell.Commend me to my kind lord. O, farewell. (V.ii.151-153)Desdemona lied which is a sin. Since, she died right after she lied, she had no time to repent which sends her straight to hell. She sacrificed her trip to heaven to save her husband from facing the consequences of murder. Sacrifice is a symbol that represents courage. This establishes to the reader that she is a brave and strong character. Imagine having the choice to either live happily ever after in heaven or burn in hell for eternity, everybody would want to go to heaven but Desdemona decided to give up heaven for Othello. It takes so much bravery to make a decision like that. Desdemona’s faithfulness and loyalty to Othello made her into a strong and brave character. She was able to defy society and her father, stay loyal to Othello, and sacrifice herself for Othello which are defining factors of her strength and courage. However, the reader might believe that she is a weak and submissive character. For instance, Desdemona accepting her death and taking the blame could’ve been thought as a moment of submission and weakness. She didn’t really try to break free from Othello suffocating her with a pillow therefore, she was submissive. She blamed Othello’s insanity on herself and took credit for her own death therefore, she is weak. But she went to hell for Othello, she gave her life for Othello. The strength it takes to give someone your life is too much to imagine. The reader might also think that she let men mistreat her. Othello verbally and physically abused Desdemona many times throughout the play like when he hit her in public and called her a whore, she just accepts her abuse. But she doesn’t accept Othello’s mistreatment because she told him that she doesn’t deserve it. Desdemona never gave up on Othello regardless of the obstacles she faced, obstacles almost insurmountable, but she continued to persevere for the sake of love.