As she does not reply against him nor oppose to prove herself pure. She believed that by accommodating to Othello’s acts she will prove herself innocent and the death will revive her innocents. ‘So much I challenge that I may profess’ she expresses that’s she must be obedience to her lord as she accepts the mistreatment she encounters. By Shakespeare portraying Desdemona, as women whom lacks defensibly against her spouse, demonstrates the power men have been given for century over their wives. Due to Desdemona maturing in an environment that supports this behaviour she was punished for being truthful, causing her
If women were the ones to have power over men, it would change the plot completely. Gertrude wouldn’t have even considered marrying Claudius, Hamlet would not seek revenge, and Ophelia would be the one playing with Hamlet's mind. In all, since this is a fictitious story, Shakespeare is to blame for this horrid portrayal of women. In reality, women weren’t as dependent on men as the play states. They were obedient, but they wouldn’t so insane and drown themselves if their father died.
Lady Macbeth adopts a different strategy to use her female influence to convince her husband Macbeth to kill for the coveted throne, but each conversation takes her closer to her untimely deat... ... middle of paper ... ... pity and fear. In another step further in removal from womanhood, she requests from creatures of evil to turn her mother’s milk into a poison unfit for maternal care of a child. Such acts against the womanly disposition are labeled by Elizabeth Klett to be unnatural. In her introspective article about the women in Macbeth she claims they are so, “Not […] necessary evil, but because they critique their roles, either directly or indirectly, in an oppressive patriarical world”. Lady Macbeth upsets the natural order of known behaviors to women, and changes the course of her husband’s destiny as well as her own.
As Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, the fiction was set in the Renaissance era and therefore the persona of women was reflective of that period. The natural stereotype of that time viewed women as weak, fickle, and dependent of the men in their society and subject to the decisions that men make for them. It was an exceedingly common depiction and very rarely was it proven wrong to the men of that time. Women’s rights were nonexistent in this time period so it wasn’t unusual for the portrayal of women to be so negative and offensive. Given that women of that age had known nothing else they attempted to fit the stereotype to please the ‘natural order’.
Lady Macbeth’s “unsex me speech” leads her to acquire male attributes throughout the play, Lady Macduff openly criticizes her husband for leaving, and minor characters such as “the sailor’s wife” are inhospitable and unaccommodating. Although this seems to portray support for modern views of women, this is not true. It, in fact, reinforces traditional roles, as every “strong independent woman” within the play is punished. Women that go against “natural gender roles” disrupt order and lose their personal stability. This is evidenced by the actions of Lady Macbeth, minor female characters such as the sailor’s wife and the gentlewoman, and Lady Macduff.
Desdemona and Emilia can be perceived as a foil to each other because of their different beliefs for women’s roles in marriage. Her obedience toward her husband causes her to steal the handkerchief and give it to Iago, so he can falsely set Cassio up with it. Without Emilia, Shakespeare could not have exposed his view on women’s roles and marriage, and the storyline for his tragic play Othello could not have been achieved. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. Othello.
Emilia struggles to please Iago while he gives her no acknowledgement of her efforts. Bianca seeks Cassio’s affection, but is constantly laughed at and called a whore. Desdemona is owned by Othello, as she accepts the typical role of an Elizabethan wife. Overall, women around the world should break free of the men that strangle them, and hold them back from reaching their full potential, such like the women of the play. Ultimately, we should listen to Malala Yousafzai when she declares that women are powerful, and take these words into consideration so that women
Iago controls Emilia and treats her as less when she does not act as a submissive wife. Therefore, Emilia follows to keep Iago satisfy. Further, Iago tells Emilia to steal the handkerchief; which she follows without knowing his intentions, to then be insulted by Iago calling her a “foolish wife” (3.3.313), and demanding her, “Go, leave me” (3.3.330). Apparently, Iago makes Emilia lesser, and she accepts her role as a submissive wife. Moreover, although Othello proclaims loving Desdemona, he perceives her as inferior as a result of jealousy.
She manipulates her husband, who before this was a good, noble warrior, into a murderer. The only reason she does this too is because she is caring only for herself. She thinks of no consequences that could happen to her husband, she only thinks of becoming the Queen. No murders would have ever taken place if it were not for her. She is so bad that when Macbeth has his freak out at their dinner, she does not try to comfort him, but to only continue to cut him down and be rude to him.
Othello: the Discrimination Against Women Yes, even in Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello there is considerable sexism. Let us root out and analyze instances of obvious sexism in this play. Even the noble general yielded to the sexist remarks and insinuations of his ancient, thus developing a reprehensible attitude toward his lovely and faithful wife. Angela Pitt in “Women in Shakespeare’s Tragedies” comments on the Moor’s sexist treatment of Desdemona: Desdemona has, therefore, some quite serious faults as a wife, including a will of her own, which was evident even before she was married. This does not mean that she merits the terrible accusations flung at her by Othello, nor does she in any way deserve her death, but she is partly responsible for the tragic action of the play.