And tomorrow. In it, I go to great lengths to discuss how in that play we get some pretty specific age references, particularly in reference to the women in the Capulet household (Juliet is some 17 days away from her fourteenth birthday, Lady Capulet is probably 27 or 28 years old, and the Nurse lost her virginity at age 12). Even if he wasn’t older in years, he feels old; he states that “the young affects // In [him are] defunct” (I.iii.263-4); in this case, Othello admits that he no longer has youthful desires. Of course, he says this to Othello, on whose insecurities Iago is preying.
But then how old is Desdemona.
YouTube star whose content is mostly aimed at other young girls, including school-related vlogs, makeup hauls, try-ons and more. Desdemona was Brabantio's daughter, and Othello's wife. In the 1981 BBC Collected Works version, Penelope Wilton was 35 when playing the role. Even a senator of Venice calls her a “young maid’ (I.iii.112). In Act I of Othello, Othello is ordered to travel with his troops to Cyprus in order to defend the island from the Turkish fleet. Her full name is Desiree Machado. Usually in the Canon we get only oblique age references. Desdemona’s relative youth plays into Iago’s plans, as he tells Roderigo that Desdemona “must change for youth” (I.iii.348-9), ultimate casting Othello aside for someone who has more “sympathy in years…which the Moor is defective in” (II.i.227-8, 229).