Women In Othello Essay

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Throughout history the way women’s roles are viewed have on growingly changed. There are many types of women that exist within this world and beyond that, literature. Often women were expected to be chaste, passive, supportive, confined but never dominant. Many think that it is a women’s natural habitat to be less of value to men due to the fact that they don’t exhibit domination physically neither mentally. Back in the early ages when social class was strongly enforced women were submissive and treated as possession. Marriage is thought to be act of love, to be with someone until death does them apart simply because they believed in pure love but back then marriage was an exhibition of a purchase. Women married men because they loved them but men did not. Their intention was to also marry a woman as a favor to them, to obey men as they pleased in return a thought of privilege. In the play Othello, Shakespeare portrays women as inferior to all men.
In the playwright Othello society places men in positions both political and military dominant as a thought that women were definitely inferior to men. First and for most both Desdemona and Emilia encounter being treated and seen as submissive. On one hand Desdemona is new to the whole marriage idea. She loves Othello unconditionally and Othello the same . . . as so it seemed to be in the beginning of their “love” story. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, Othello was asked to go to war and Desdemona followed being away from her homeland Venice for the first time. With this in hand Desdemona had to learn how to be a submissive and evidently obedient wife very quickly. She became submissive. Desdemona herself states “I am obedient” (III. 3.89) at the happy beginning of their mar...

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...edient to him. Shakespeare portrays women inferior to all men.
In conclusion, throughout Othello Shakespeare proves women to be unequal to men. Women were to be submissive and treated as possessions instead of having an equal value of life. Othellos works as an example to prove the way of life of Elizabethan patriarchal society, the suppression and limitations of women. Women were expected to be silent, chaste, confined simply because it was their nature. Another thing woman can be powerful. Emilia states how women are no different to men regarding the physical matter. “let husbands know. Their wives have sense like them, hey see and smell, and her palates both for sweet and sour as husbands have” (IV.3.92-5). Emilia does imply that men are mentally weaker than women. It is “frailty that thus errs”(IV.3.98) Lastly Shakespeare portrays women as less inferior to men.
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