In William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello, Desdemona asserts, “‘wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world?’” (4.3.76). During a friendly banter, Desdemona asks Emilia this very question; would she cheat on her husband to help him become monarch and have power over all the world? She quietly replies that she would only in secret, but only for her husband’s own good. This question plays an essential role throughout Othello because Emilia is first accused of cheating on her husband. Additionally, she is obsequious towards Iago because of her female role and responsibility as a wife.
Similarly she hates Othello for "laying murders on [Iago's] neck", but as events transpire Emilia realizes that Othello's claims of Desdemona's alleged infidelity all stemmed from Iago. Thus, Iago indirectly lead to the death of her beloved friend, and she, unknowingly, aided Iago on his conquest. Once Emilia can acknowledge this fact, she can bring herself above Iago and stand up to him to prove her loyalty to Desdemona. This loyalty is exaggerated in her death through her singing the song "Willow Willow" that Desdemona was familiar with. Instead of begging for an explanation from her husband, she praises Desdemona even during her own death and this can be viewed as an ultimate declaration of loyalty.
Hamlet’s sexual desires are unique in that they ironic so he can pursue Ophelia with perverse approaches but then lecture her for not being chaste. However these are when gender roles come involved because why is it that Hamlet can place blame on his mom and Ophelia, deflecting from his own sexual emotions and not feel shame. It’s as if men can go on not being chaste without judgment, and are free to explore and live out their sexual desires without ridicule but when a women does it their ciaos. I believe these questionable gender roles are what sparks the conversation about
Desdemona was the daughter of the Venetian Senator Brabantio. Against her father's wishes, she marries a moor, Othello. "The marriage seems to be monstrous- in the sense that it represents a deviation from that which is natural. How else, Brabantio asks, would Desdemona, so carefully, have brought such scandal upon herself and her father by shunning, the wealthy curled darlings of our nation"(Act 1 Scene 2 Line 68). Desdemona arrives and gently resolves the dispute by acknowledging split loyalties to her father and to her new husband, but making it clear that she now belongs to Othello.
He wanted to be with Desdemona badly and because Othello married her without consent he is jealous of him. This begins Roderigo's resentment to Othello, and his thoughts on ruining him. Also, since Othello has married Desdemona without Barbantio's approval. Roderigo helps Iago with his plan to make Desdemona's father aware of the situation, due to the fact that they both want to sabotage Othello. Iago says to Roderigo, "Call up her father,/ Rouse him.
In Othello, Iago is frustrated with his commanding officer, Othello, who promotes Cassio over him and plots to ruin Othello’s life. Iago appears honest and trustworthy, but through his actions causes Othello’s misery, suicide, and death of his wife, Desdemona. Despite the status of women at the time, Desdemona exhibits maturity and independence, expresses her own ideas, and stands up for herself to Othello. Regardless of the status of women, Desdemona demonstrates independence and maturity. She makes her own decision to marry Othello without her father’s permission.
Her womanly characteristics and reputation are manipulated and distorted by Iago which is important in order to make Othello believe that she is a sexually creature who is attractive to other men. Desdemona is open about her desire and her wish to consummate the marriage as she pleads to the Duke 'So that, dear lords, if I be left behind, A moth of peace, and he go to the war,/The rites for why I love him are bereft me'. Iago is able to suggest that her sexual desire is unfulfilled and b... ... middle of paper ... ...d gives him his stereotypical view of Venetian woman. As Othello and Desdemona are newly married he would not know Desdemona that well. Although Iago is an evil schemeing character, his plans only succeed as he uses the weakness of other characters and exploits them.
The consequences of acts of rebellion against their patriarchal systems by Antigone and Lady Macbeth result in their premature deaths. Two women who exist in society as property of men, yet gather the courage to speak up in order to get what they want. Each of these characters uses her dainty hands in deliberate actions against their male counterparts in wild disregard for traditional rules. An inner spirit empowers them with silent force against the men of influence in their lives. Antigone claims her superiority over Creon in confession to Ismene, the chorus, and to the King himself.
Isabella’s Moral Dilemma in Measure for Measure "O cunning enemy that, to catch a saint, with saints dost bait thy hook." A disturbing tale of suspense, dark comedy and corruption, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure explores sexuality, morality and the law, exposing the abuse of authority in high places amid the seething underworld of Vienna. This essay will explore Isabella’s moral dilemma. In the play, Claudio has been sentenced to death for getting his fiancee pregnant (his crime was not so much getting her pregnant, but having sex with her at all). Claudio's sister, Isabella, who is in the process of joining a nunnery, feels that Claudio has done wrong, has sinned and committed a crime, but she feels that the sentence--death--is too strict.
Desdemona: Othello’s white Venetian devoted wife, however due to a cunning Iago, is suspected of infidelity and killed by her husband. Iago: Othello’s ensign (standard bearer), who deviously plants suspicion in Othello’s mind against his faithful wife. Cassio: Othello’s lieutenant, who is also manipulated by Iago, who wished for the position of “the Moor’s” lieutenant. Emilia: Desdemona’s maid and Iago’s wife, who is loyal to both her mistress and husband, however she is also killed due to her loyalty to her husband. Roderigo: A Venetian, who is also in love with Desdemona, but is systematically cheated by Iago, and Brabantio: Desdemona’s father, who is outraged when he hears of his daughter’s marriage to a black man.