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. Desdemona's 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 Desdemona's true nature is revealed early in the play when she says, "I am hitherto your daughter: but here's 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" (I.iii.203-205). Desdemona's defiance of not just an elder, but her father Brabantio ca
Instead of keeping Othello and Iago from killing everyone, she causes Othello to commit suicide and Emilia to die at the hands of Iago. Othello is clearly in a different class as Desdemona because of his race and his gender. 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" (I. Desdemona's brings the entire society down because she disobeys the gender roles and class structure. Desdemona pays dearly with her life and her innocence for breaking the rule. Desdemona's supposed sacrifice of herself for Othello is superficial. Despite the fact that Desdemona breaks the rules, she does not change her ways and keeps on breaking the same rules. Desdemona's pursuit to marry Othello makes her violate both gender roles and class structure when Emilia describes Othello as a "blacker devil" in sheer contempt of him (V. The protection and love shown by Brabantio are all tossed away by Desdemona as if they meant nothing to her. The distrust and break up of Othello and Desdemona are caused by the inability for Desdemona to realize she has violated the gender issues.