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Desdemona of Othello

Desdemona is a fictional character in the play Othello by William Shakespeare. She is Othello's wife, and the daughter of Senator Brabantonio. She is a lightskinned and innocent and Shakespeare uses her as a symbol of purity to contrast malevolent Iago and his worldy wife, Emily.

Desdemona's love for her husband lasts to her dying breath and she dies loving and trusting.

Desdemona is a self-sacrificing Christ figure somewhat like Cordelia from Shakespeare's play, King Lear.