Maria is a woman suffering from unrequited love. The object of her
I fight him! I fight him off, I fight for my life! I won’t let him kill me!
But still he kills me. I always hated you as Desdemona, you never fought! You just died...beautifully.
No woman would die like that, no matter how much she loved him. A woman would fight! She’d fight and leave her love, if that were it! Only a man would act it any other way.
Hatcher, Jeffrey. Compleat Female Stage Beauty. Samuel French, 1999, pp. 60