In Iago’s soliloquies planning his revenge against Othello, he makes it clear that Desdemona is not a whore. But still he determines to “turn her virtue into pitch” (2.3.355). How does Iago’s sexual slander, while deployed to damage Othello, also make Desdemona its target? What do his actions do to Desdemona? What does his revenge as a form of narrative
used against another man make her into? What is the play’s position on what happens to Desdemona, and how do you know? How is this play not just about Othello, but also about Desdemona’s tragedy?

• Remember that each topic is about the play and not about historical generalities (such as male dominance and female obedience), so your examples must be textual.

For quoting from the text, I expect you to use the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th ed., as your style sheet. It contains a section on how to quote from poetry and drama, and it will also tell you how to cite your quotations.

you must construct an essay which is formal and argumentative, including a complex thesis statement that is not already self-evident, evidence and quotations, logical connections, analysis, and a conclusion.