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A Feminist Analysis of Othello

- A Feminist Analysis of Othello   In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello there are numerous instances of obvious sexism aimed at the three women in the drama -- Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca – and aimed at womankind generally. Let us delve into this subject in this paper. In the essay “Wit and Witchcraft: an Approach to Othello” Robert B. Heilman discusses a scene which occurs late in the play and which is sexist: When Othello summons Desdemona and dismisses Emilia, “Leave procreants alone ....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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A Feminist Perspective of Othello

- A Feminist Perspective of  Othello      Throughout the length of Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello there is a steady undercurrent of sexism. It is originating from not one, but rather various male characters in the play, who manifest prejudicial, discriminatory attitudes toward women.   In the opening scene, while Iago is expressing his hatred for the general Othello for his having chosen Michael Cassio for the lieutenancy, he contrives a plan to partially avenge himself (“I follow him to serve my turn upon him”), with Roderigo’s assistance, by alerting Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, to the fact of his daughter’s elopement with Othello: “Call up her father, / Rouse him: make after him, pois...   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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A Feminist Perspective of Othello

- A Feminist Perspective of Othello      Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello closes the final scene of the last act with the spiritual superiority of the heroine firmly established over that of the hero. This is one of many aspects regarding the feminine perspective on the drama, the subject of this essay. A.C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, describes the violence against the heroine as a “sin against the canons of art”: To some readers, again, parts of Othello appear shocking or even horrible....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Feminist And The Conservative

- ... However Emilia, who is still unaware of what is going through her husband’s mind, hands him the handkerchief of Desdemona to Iago due to the fact that she notices Iago’s fascination with it. Emilia, still worried about how Desdemona might feel, hands the handkerchief to Iago: If it not be for some purpose of import,/ Give’t me again. Poor lady, she’ll run mad/ When she shall lack it. (III, iii. 73) Emilia’s ignorance blossoms in this scene as she gives her husband’s the object that will make his plan fall in place....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Michael Cassio, Desdemona]

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Feminism in Sophocles' Antigone and Shakespeare's Othello

- Feminism in Antigone and Othello          Feminism has been one of the most important forces in shaping our modern-day society. Thanks to the women's rights movement, females today enjoy rights and freedoms that are unprecedented in the history of Western civilization. However, it was not always this way. Whereas modern literature that contains feminist messages barely gets a second thought, readers in our time are intrigued and impressed by feminist works coming from a decidedly male-biased past....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Gender Roles and Racism in Othello

- Gender roles and racism play a big part in Shakespeare’s Othello. “Othello is unique among Shakespeare's great tragedies. Unlike Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, which are set against a backdrop of affairs of state and reverberate with suggestions of universal human concerns, Othello is set in a private world and focuses on the passions and personal lives of its major figures. Indeed, it has often been described as a "tragedy of character" (Locklear). Adding well-developed female characters to the play Othello creates a dimension of gender conflict and feminist views....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Female Characters Of Shakespeare 's Othello

- According to Elizabethan or Shakespeare 's society built upon Renaissance beliefs, it was believed that women do not speak, they do not have a voice because they are taught to respect the beliefs of society more than themselves. Patriarchal rule proved women 's subordination as the natural order because women were thought to be inferior to men in the Elizabethan society. In Shakespeare’s Othello this belief is represented through the three female characters in this play, Othello’s wife Desdemona, Iago’s wife Emilia and Cassio’s mistress Bianca....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Marriage, Love]

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The Feminine Perspective in Othello

- The Feminine Perspective in Othello         Just how do women see things in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello. What is their perspective on narrative developments. Let’s analyze the feminine point of view in this essay.   It was Emilia’s gift of the decorated kerchief to her husband that set up Desdemona for murder. Helen Gardner in “Othello: A Tragedy of Beauty and Fortune” talks of Emilia’s outlook on things:   Emilia’s silence while her mistress lived is fully explicable in terms of her character....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- ... They show respect to their husband but as Emilia clearly demonstrates they are able to stand up to them. No set of scenes states this so clearly as the situation of the deaths of the leading ladies in the play. Demonstrated through Emilia and Desdemona the article by Ruth Vanita explains that even in death it 's “much more strongly suggestive of how great lady and ordinary gentlewoman are equally defenseless as wives, yet retain their dignity with their death,”. (Proper’ Men and ‘Fallen Women.350) Though Emilia’s death is a tragedy she, unlike the men, maintains a moral end worthy of respect....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Gender, Woman]

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Feminist Reading of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

- A Feminist Reading of The Winter’s Tale       In the Shakespearean tragedies we have studied, we have been exposed to tragic male protagonists who create their own downfall. Within these tragedies, Shakespeare's female characters are vested with varying degrees of power in relation to the tragic heroes. In looking back at Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, The Winter's Tale can be seen as an extension of the exploration into the nature of women and power broached in his earlier tragedies, as well as an amendment for the misogynistic attitudes they contain....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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The Women in Othello

- The women in Othello are synonymous with Venetian societal standards. Only three women are characters in Othello: Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca but the roles these women play give the reader an idea of how women were portrayed, not only in Shakespeare's Othello but in society in general. Women were viewed merely as possessions. After the Duke allows Desdemona to accompany Othello to Cyprus, Othello says 'To my conveyance I assign my wife' (I.3.283), this statement implies that Desdemona and a possession to be transported and guarded....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Desdemona And Emilia Are Two Of The Main Characters Of William Shakespeare 's Othello

- ... However Emilia, who is still unaware of what is going through her husband’s mind, hands him the handkerchief of Desdemona to Iago due to the fact that she notices Iago’s fascination with it. Emilia, still worried about how Desdemona might feel, hands the handkerchief to Iago, If it not be for some purpose of import,/ Give’t me again. Poor lady, she’ll run mad/ When she shall lack it. (III, iii. 73) Emilia’s ignorance blossoms in this scene as she gives her husband’s the object that will make his plan fall in place....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Michael Cassio, Desdemona]

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Gender Roles and Racism in Othello

- Gender roles and racism play a big part in Shakespeare’s Othello. “Othello is unique among Shakespeare's great tragedies. Unlike Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, which are set against a backdrop of affairs of state and reverberate with suggestions of universal human concerns, Othello is set in a private world and focuses on the passions and personal lives of its major figures. Indeed, it has often been described as a "tragedy of character" (Locklear). Adding well-developed female characters to the play Othello creates a dimension of gender conflict and feminist views....   [tags: Shakespeare, sociological analysis]

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The Impact of Gender on Shakespeare's Othello

- The Impact of Gender on Shakespeare’s Othello In the book “Gender Trouble” (1990), feminist theorist Judith Butler explains “gender is not only a social construct, but also a kind of performance such as a show we put on, a costume or disguise we wear” (Butler). In other words, gender is a performance, an act, and costumes, not the main aspect of essential identity. By understanding this theory of gender as an act, performance, we can see how gender has greatly impacted the outcome of the play in William Shakespeare’s Othello....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Judith Butler]

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There Are as Many Readings of Othello as There Are Readers.

- There are as many readings of a text as there are readers; Every text has a myriads versions of different critical "readings", such as "Feminist", "Liberal Humanist" or "Deconstructionist" readings depending how each readers perceives its meanings. In each of the readings, the audience is given an ideologically determined text, which incorporates aspects of the original, but rejects or understates other aspects that might contradict these particular readings. In Othello, there are likewise also many different readings, for example, Feminist, Postcolonial and Aristotelian....   [tags: European Literature]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello - People Or Possessions?

- ... When Othello says “Use” it invokes the thought that women are not to be treated with the rights of a normal human, but rather owned by the male person accompanying her. The idea of submissiveness to a man accompanies every woman in the play. Desdemona was seen as utterly obedient to Othello even during her last moments alive. According to “The Women’s Voices in Othello: Speech, Song, Silence” Shakespearean author, Eamon Grennan, states “Learning of his intention, she defends herself in the only way available to her, with her speech” (Grennan 287)....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Black-and-white films]

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Women´s Portrayal in Shakespeare´s Othello

- The play Othello is presented as a male-dominated society where women are only recognized as property; objects to own and to bear children. Women in the Elizabethan society and in Shakespeare society were not seen as equal to men and were expected to be loyal to their husbands, be respectful, and to not go against their husbands judgements or actions. Shakespeare presents Desdemona, Emilia , and Bianca as women in the Elizabethan time where they were judged based on their class, mortality, and intelligence....   [tags: Relationships, Ellizabethan, Society]

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Goodnight Desdemona: a Feminist Introspection of Shakespeare

- Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good morningJuliet) uses intertextuality to unveil the complete Shakespearean characters of Juliet and Desdemona to reveal the feminist narrative lurking between lines of Shakespeare’s plays. Only through the intertextual re-examination of the Shakespearean text itself via the interjection of genre and the reassigning of dialogue, within the metatheatre, is the true feminist representation of the female Shakespearian characters unveiled from behind the patriarchal preconceptions....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Ann-Marie MacDonald]

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Othello: Emilia the Grander one

- “Othello,” the tragic play written by William Shakespeare in 1601 has given a new outlook to women’s right during the time period when they had no voice to call their own. A tragic play about a jealous and manipulative man named Iago who does everything in his power to pursue and destroy the life of the protagonist, Othello. In the belief that Othello had wrongfully promoted someone else to the position that he claims to be rightfully his. In this play, unsure if this was the intention of Shakespeare, but Shakespeare’s two main female characters each embodies a completely different bias about women and feminism during the Elizabethan time period....   [tags: English literature, Shakespeare]

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Different Perceptions of Othello

- Through the consideration of different perceptions of Othello I have augmented my understanding of Othello. My perceptions have changed over the changing contexts of the times. The Aristolean model is used as the template for the play and can be read in many ways such as Racist, Feminist and Post-Colonial readings. The Aristolean Model or Notion of Tragedy can be defined as “an imitation of an action that is serious, complete possessing magnitude; in embellished language;” Othello is a perfect example of an Aristolean model as it involves the tragic flaw or hamartio of Othello which is the centre of the entire play....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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William Shakespeare's Othello

- In William Shakespeare’s Othello, Emilia is placed in the middle of her husband’s evil and manipulative scheme to take down Othello and Cassio. The significant relationship Iago has with Emilia lacks affection, passion, and appreciation. Because of this, she has become a cynical woman that craves the attention of her husband. She is constantly underestimated and undermined by her husband, the man who should know and understand her best. Being with a husband that sees her as inferior, Emilia has many troubling thoughts in her head....   [tags: a manipulating relationship]

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Othello - Values And Attitudes

- "If Othello didn’t begin as a play about race, history has made it one." The Venetian society that Othello is set in is representative of the writers context. The attitudes and values that Shakespeare reveals through the text are those same attitudes and values of Elizabethan society in England in the sixteenth-century. Although Othello is set in Venice and Cyprus, the attitudes and values shared in the text are probably reflective of the attitudes and values of Shakespeare's own society....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Mary, Eve, and Lilith in Shakespeare's King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth

- Mary, Eve, and Lilith in King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth       Feminist criticism often explores the symbolic or archetypal use of the Biblical figures of Mary and Eve in literary criticism. One figure which seems appropriate to such discussions, but so far neglected it seems, is the figure of Lilith. Indeed, in the case of Shakespearean criticism, Lilith seems an appropriate model at times for such characters as Goneril, Regan, Lady Macbeth, and so forth. Accordingly, it is my intention to explore this lost archetype and relate it to three of Shakespeare's tragedies: King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Feminist Art And The Feminist Movement

- ... They believed that if they put the viewer in the shoes of a woman, then they would understand the struggles and the little freedom that women had. It did work and it gain more support from the people saying to stop domestic abuse. Feminist art served as a way to be able to show the idea of domestic abuse and why society should stop accepting that. Women still to this day are being seen as unequal to men, but back a couple decades ago women were seen as even less than they are seen today. During the feminist movement women sought to gain gender equality and they turned to art to get their message out there....   [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Gender]

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Feminism And The Feminist Movement

- ... I understand many could relate their misunderstanding of the Feminist movements’ purpose to their background and family views, and everyone is influenced by the typically patriarchal mass media, yet feminism is for everybody and it is time to move past these roadblocks and gain support from all in the goal for equality. Since the Feminist movement began there has been conflict about what defines feminism and what groups of people feminism represents. During the second wave, Womanism developed because of a disappointment in feminism as it started to focus specifically on white, middle class woman....   [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Gender, Patriarchy]

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Feminism And The Feminist Movement

- ... We can see this trend in the Timeline of Legal History of Women in the United States, as only two Black women are mention at all. However despite its downfalls the feminist movement has outlasted many other social movements in history (Taylor et al). The piece "The Women 's Movement Persistence through Transformation" highlights how the changes within the movement and the reactions of society to feminism in general illustrate that we are advancing. The movement that has sustained various attacks continues to adapt and resurface, what some people refer to as 'new waves '....   [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Gender, Patriarchy]

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Othello’s Dramatic Flaw in Shakespeare's Othello

- The play “Othello” by William Shakespeare was written in 1604 during the Elizabeth era. Othello is one of the most extraordinary characters in all of Shakespeare’s dramas. He enjoyed unheralded success in the combat zone, which gave him the reputation as one of Venice’s most competent generals. Even though he has great success in the battlefield, he has a dramatic flaw that causes a downfall in his life. The dramatic flaw that causes his downfall is jealousy. This was brought on by a simple persuasion of Iago, the evil character in the play....   [tags: othello]

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Othello is Solely Responsible for his Downfall in Shakespeare's Othello

- I believe Iago has nothing to do with Othello's downfall as Othello is an easily mislead man who is easily influenced. Not only did Iago not directly say Desdemona was having an affair, he neither didn’t give proof to confirm the rumours. By Othello believing the lies, it surfaces his inability to trust and have faith in his own wife. Othello is written by William Shakespeare and was set in Cyprus and Venice during the 16th century. It is about a well-respected military soldier who due to lies and deceits killed his wife for no reason and after turned the knife towards himself....   [tags: othello]

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The Handkerchief of Love and Deception in Othello

- Othello and Desdemona started their life together thinking it was to be forever. The handkerchief symbolizes the start of a new generation, a token of their union and ultimately determines their fate and the main characters lives being changed by the events. The films adaption, as in Shakespeare play, he makes the handkerchief significant to the plot. Othello’s mother gave him the handkerchief on her dying bed to give to the women he marries. “She, dying, gave it me, and bid me, when my fate would have me wive; to give her.” Desdemona and Othello confess their love for one another in hopes of a blissful life together....   [tags: Othello]

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The Power of Self-Destruction in Shakespeare's Othello

- Othello, the Moor of Venice published in 1622 by William Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers known in English literature. Othello has been said to be of the most touching and intimate of Shakespeare tragedies. The source of Othello comes from Girald Cirthio’s Tall of the Moor, considering the modification of a few details, this was a manifestation of Shakespeare’s ability to take a reputable story and elevate it into poetic tragedy (Cahn 106). Othello is the story of love, deception, and power....   [tags: othello]

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The Evil Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago is a complex character that takes evil to a whole new level in the 1600’s and plays a key role in this tale. Iago’s main goal is to get Othello and Cassio out of the army, but in the end fails to ruin Cassio’s life, only Othello’s. He uses many characters to his advantage, realizing how trustworthy and oblivious these people are. Iago cannot be relied on and has many masks, behind which he hides. He has many disguises and secrets that he hides from everyone and his acting skills come in handy when he works to destroy the happiness that many people have in this story....   [tags: othello]

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Plot and Character Analysis of Shakespeare's Othello

- Othello is one of Shakespeare's classics, this play has many oddities and puzzles. It roots into love, deception and jealousy. Also it clearly questions the debate of; can different cultures inter-wind without colliding. in addition, Othello has vivid racism, sexism, manipulation and savagery within civilisation. This play is set in Venice, Italy but due to circumstances all of the characters move to Cyprus. Othello is written between 1601-1604, the level of intensity and drama obviously indicated that he devoted a lot of time and effort into this play....   [tags: othello]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... In Act 1 scene 3 lines 320–341, Iago has his first soliloquy and he reveals his malicious plot to the audience. Within these lines we see certain recurring words that affect certain characters such as Othello and the one word within these lines that constantly reminds us and him about being an outsider is the word “moor”. The powers of words are not only used for malicious purposes in Othello, but for love as well. In Act 1 scene 3 line 166 Othello says “And that would woo her. Upon this hint I spake” , when looking at this line and previous lines it becomes clear that through stories of his heroic deeds, Othello was able to make Desdemona fall in love with him....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Love, Emilia]

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The Feminist Movement Of The 1920 ' S

- As we all know, women and men are different in their own distinctive ways. But together they make for a great partnership in the work field. Equality among men and women for the rights to coexist has moved our country in a new direction for women within the last century. The feminist movement was widely needed between 1848 and the 1920’s because women lacked the right to vote, among other things. Since women have been able to get to where they have been going within the movement, success for them has been greater than ever in modern times....   [tags: Feminism, Gender, Feminist theory, Harassment]

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Beyoncé: A Modern Feminist

- On the night of December 13, 2013 Beyoncé, released her fifth self-titled album on ITunes. The album caught many people by surprise because Beyoncé did not set a date for the album, nor did she use any promotion; she did release a video on her Instagram asking her followers if they “were ready”. The buzz spread through social media like a wild fire. With no promotion or no warning, Beyoncé album took the world by storm and made it for her audience and critics to take in the album and it contents....   [tags: Feminist Essays]

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Is it Feminist to be a Power Feminist?

- Is it Feminist to be a Power Feminist. Just as we ask many questions about what it means to be a feminist, power feminist, or any other group that takes roots in feminism, it is apparent that these groups themselves are asking the same questions. Just in our text book alone there are almost a dozen types of feminist groups that have different stances on nearly every single issue in feminism. Outside of the text book there dozens more small feminist groups as well that surely do not see eye to on every issue either....   [tags: feminism, gender discrimination]

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The Use of Dramatic, Situational, and Verbal Irony in Shakespeare's Othello

- In the play Othello, Shakespeare uses many literary devices to help the reader understand the theme of the story. One of those many literary devices used in the play, is the wide range of irony. Throughout the pages of the book the reader will see the use of dramatic, situational, and verbal irony. Shakespeare does not use irony in an understated way, it is very direct, and can be found on almost every page of the book. The use of irony creates suspense, and adds interest as to what will happen....   [tags: Othello]

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The Feminist Movement And Its Many Contributors

- The clarification of the progressing field of the feminist movement and its many contributors and many concerns was inspirational. Defining gender (and sex, class, race) roles by what we have in common and not by our differences, the disclosure/discovery of women’s subordination and oppression as a social construct, and the need to advocate using each other’s strengths and weaknesses to get to interdependence - not domination were clearly discussed throughout the readings. Enculturing captures both the biological make up of ourselves and the huge effect society’s diverse cultures has on how we, as individuals, develop....   [tags: Feminism, Gender, Feminist theory]

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Othello Reflects the Context and Values of its Time

- Texts and their appropriations reflect the context and values of their times. Within Shakespeare’s Othello and Geoffrey Sax’s appropriation of Othello, the evolution of the attitudes held by Elizabethan audiences and those held by contemporary audiences can be seen through the context of the female coupled with the context of racism. The role of the female has developed from being submissive and “obedient” in the Elizabethan era to being independent and liberated within the contemporary setting....   [tags: Othello, Context, Values, shakespeare, feminism,]

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The Character Desdemona and the Role of Women Depicted in Shakespeare's Othello

- The society in which Othello takes place is a patriarchal one, where men had complete control over women. They were seen as possessions rather than being just as equally human and capable of duties performed by men. All women of the Elizabethan were to obey all men, fathers, brothers, husbands, etc. Which leads me to the most reliable and trustworthy character of Desdemona, whom goes through many trials just to satisfy her love. Shakespeare brings the thought of Desdemona into the play by Barbantio, her father, “It is too true an evil....   [tags: othello]

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Exposing Racism in William Shakespeare’s Othello

- The infectious discrimination of Elizabethan racists is derived from fear unnatural a racist’s hate plagues a vulnerable community of black slaves, with religion and war corrupting diverse cultures in the attempts to purify the existence of sin. This enlightening argument of what inspires William Shakespeare’s to compose the play Othello contaminates romantic relationships, Before the integration of black-skinned people into Elizabethan culture, Christian ideology coalesce Satan’s appearance with babies born black, with such manifestations supported by centuries of anecdotal evidence....   [tags: Othello]

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Tough Love in William Shakespeare’s play, Othello

- 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....   [tags: Othello]

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Othello And Othello By William Shakespeare

- ... He finishes up this discourse by saying " Hell and night/ Must bring this monstrous birth to the world 's light," contrasting Othello and Desdemona 's marriage with a "monster’s death," while likening himself and his misleadings to Satan. Iago ceaselessly makes remarks about how damnation is better than paradise. In a later talk close to the end of Act II, Iago keeps on relating the general population he is controlling to protests, this time additionally contrasting the whole situation with an amusement in which he plays the scalawag and Othello is a prize to be won....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Brabantio]

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The Tragedy of Othello

- William Shakespeare masterfully crafted Othello, the Moor of Venice as an Aristotelian tragedy play. The main protagonist of the play, Othello, is the perfect example of a tragic hero. Shakespeare was influenced by Aristotle’s concept of a tragic hero and used Aristotle’s principles to create Othello. William Shakespeare attempted to create an Aristotelian tragedy play with a tragic hero and succeeded in Othello, the Moor of Venice by weaving in pity and fear into each line and action. The power of pity and fear creates the upmost tragic situation and follows in accordance of Aristotle’s definition of tragedy....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Feminism And The Feminist Movement

- ... The result of the research indicated that people behaved according to their perceived gender stereotypes and they tend to exhibit negative attitudes toward female leaders. The existence of all these stereotypes revealed that feminism is still something that needs to be fought for. Nowadays, males still dominate the top positions in both political and business fields; for instance, most of the globalized company has male CEO (Smith, Smith, and Verner 2013). On the contrary, women are more concentrated in poorly paid occupation like office worker....   [tags: Gender, Feminism, Women's rights]

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Feminism And The Feminist Movement

- ... “My head is badly organized file.” (9) The secretary demonstrated some depressed feelings; the poem was based on the body of the secretary who didn’t consider herself as a “Lady” but as a woman whose hands are like “rubber band”. Marge Piercy compared the secretary to the mindless piece of machinery. Marge Piercy influenced many young women to come forward and address the issue. One of them was, Carmen Cramer, who also supported the idea of women being neglected in the American Society, wrote secondary Source “Marge Piercy’s Fight in Woman on the Edge of Time”....   [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Feminism]

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Feminism And The Feminist Movement

- Imagine feeling the tension between the shoulders of a person who has to work endless hours for pennies on the dollar to support their family, only to miss their children’s lives pass by them. Imagine being a person who has a passion to better their country, but cannot run for a political office because of their gender. Imagine coming to a new land with hopes and dreams for success and a new start, but reprehended by natives due to appearance and language barriers. These images may appear to be fictitious, but without our predecessors who fought for equality, the struggles they dealt with would be our reality....   [tags: Feminism, Women's rights, Women's suffrage, Sexism]

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Feminism And The Feminist Theory

- Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights with the support of men and women to obtain gender equality. It is where the feminist theory originates. Feminist theory explains the role of women in society throughout history and today, socially, economically, and politically. Those who advocate and support this movement are feminist. The goal is to gain equality for men and women, but the approach to obtain this is different. To understand this theory, I will break down the history and ideology of feminism, as it is the root to feminist theory....   [tags: Feminism, Gender, Women's rights, Women's suffrage]

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Feminism and Modern Feminist Theory

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Shakespeare's Use of Aristotle's Guidelines to Tragedy in Creating the Play Othello

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Beyonce : A New Feminist Leader

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Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- ... Here we see Othello enjoying time with his wife, he trusts her fully and counts every moment he spends with her a blessing. Othello and Desdemona are trusting and hopeful for their future together, not knowing the tests that come their way. Desdemona continues to be loyal to Othello, encouraging him and helping him feel better when he is distressed. For example, when Othello had to demote his lieutenant, Cassio, Desdemona encourages him to accept Cassio back and reiterates how she cares for Othello saying, Why, this is not a boon;/ 'Tis as I should entreat you wear your gloves,/ Or feed on nourishing dishes, or keep you warm,/ Or sue to you to do a peculiar profit/ To your own person:...   [tags: Othello, Love, Iago, Desdemona]

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Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- ... Though that his joy be joy Yet throw such changes of vexation on’t, As it may lose some color”(1.1). Iago’s real intentions are not meant to help Roderigo get Desdemona’s hand, but to have Desdemona’s father go after Othello. This action would cause Othello into deep distress. Second, Iago brought Cassio into his schemes to make Othello even more suspicious. He creates a false accusation that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. The involvement of Cassio would make Othello to strike out in rage....   [tags: Othello, Iago, KILL, Brabantio]

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Black Art, Chicano Art And Feminist Art

- Black Art, Chicano Art and Feminist Art of the 1960s, 70s And 80s Successes like the outlawing of the job discrimination by the Federal Civil Rights Act led Romare Bearden and other black artists to celebrate the Black Experience as a unique subculture in American society. As part of the Spiral group of black artists, Bearden sought in 1960’s to contribute through his art to the Civil Rights Movement. Assassinations of people such as Martin Luther King Jnr led to the production of angry images of race relations by black artists....   [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Woman]

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A Summary of Othello

- Written by William Shakespeare, “Othello” is a twisted tale of deceit and betrayal that turned a beautiful love into a murderous plot due to outside jealousy. The play begins in with Iago and Rodrigo arguing in Venice. Iago is a soldier who is under Othello’s command and Rodrigo has been paying him to spy on Othello because he wishes to be with Desdemona, Othello’s lover. Rodrigo believes that Iago is loyal to Othello and has not been keeping up his end of the bargain due to his lack of information ....   [tags: Othello Summary Essays]

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Racism in Othello

- Racism is just one of the many problems that we have here in the United States today. Racism isn’t as bad as it used to be but it’s still here. In Othello, written by the one and only William Shakespeare, racism is the main theme and focus. England became involved in the slave trade during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Slights 377). Racism started in the twentieth century after this was written but the way the Elizabethan era viewed black people was similar to how racism is today (Bartels 433)....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello, Race, and the Effect on Character

- With the influx of trade during the Elizabethan Era, English society encountered an increase of descriptions and encounters with people from remote countries, including Africa. With these happenstances, brought misunderstandings of people and cultures, therefore race and discriminations began to form. Shakespeare’s protagonist in Othello, a Moor, was affected by societal standards in his ability to develop as an individual because of physical characteristics and internal insecurities because of the conflict, which tears him between two cultures....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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A Closed Reading of Othello's Speech

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The Breakdown of Sympathy for Othello

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Jealousy in Othello

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The Clever and Devious Iago of Othello

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Othello is Not a Tragic Hero

- Othello has been described as one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays because the play focuses on its themes of good and evil, military, politics, love and marriage, religion, racial prejudice, gender conflict, and sexuality; but the controversy and debate surrounding Othello is “Why is Othello a qualification for a tragedy?” Most readers are aware of the many famous deaths or acts of death within the Shakespearean plays. And when the main characters die in Shakespeare’s plays, indeed, the readers would categorize the play as a tragedy....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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An Analysis of Shakespeare's Othello

- “Think on thy sins” (5.2.43) he says, “They are loves I bear to you” (5.2.44) I respond. “Ay, and for that thou diest” (5.2.45). There is no pleading with my lord, his once amorous filled eyes are now brimming with anger, and anguish. This whole conversation has turned my mind into mush. How can he think that I would ever love Cassio. Is it not plain that he, Othello, is my lord and the only object of my affection. Does it not matter. I think it doesn’t. Othello’s whole body is shaking (5.2.50) and his eyes are rolling (5.2.41), these signs do not bode well for my life....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Evil Iago of Othello

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Use of Imagery in Othello

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Character Analysis of Roderigo in Othello

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The Misunderstood Iago of Othello

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

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Iago the Machiavellian in Othello

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The Feminist Movement Of Kate Chopin 's Work

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Shakespeare 's Othello : The Downfall Of The Moor Othello

- ... / It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock / The meat it feeds on…he o’er / Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet (strongly) loves!” (III.iii.195-200), to fuel his jealousy. In an article Barry Lenson and Kenneth Ruge wrote about Othello, they said, “When the green-eyed monster gets out of control, it becomes a destructive syndrome--obsessive jealousy—that authors term the Othello response.” (The Othello Response). As Othello believes more and more that his wife and his lieutenant are having an affair, he truly becomes the green-eyed monster himself....   [tags: Othello, Jealousy, Iago, Envy]

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Emilia's Intelligence in Shakespeare's Othello

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Violence in Shakespeare's Othello

- Violence in Shakespeare's Othello In William Shakespeare's Othello violence can be found in several different ways. Violence can be expressed physically, mentally, and verbally. This tragic play shows how jealousy and envy can overpower a person's mind and lead them to wreak havoc on others. Not only does this story give many different examples of violence, it displays how mental violence can promote physical violence, and continues on in that cycle. Mental promotes physical which ultimately leads back to mental....   [tags: Othello Shakespeare]

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Analysis of Othello's Speech

- Othello is a man of romantic nature. He fell in love with the beautiful Desdemona. He was accused of stealing her away from her father. Othello was of a different race and did not fit in with her family. Othello makes a plea for Desdemona and tells his story which wooed her to begin with. Othello tells of the love that her father showed him since his boyish days. This was like a match made in heaven that overcame many obstacles which got in their way. Othello could not understand why he was good enough to work and fight alongside of her father, but was not good enough for his daughter....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Negative Impact of Gender Roles in Othello

- While there have been a great number of changes in the world since Shakespeare wrote Othello, there are a few truths about humanity and society that remain true. Othello is notorious for it’s examination of race, but is not given enough credit for its observations of gender. Iago embodies masculine gender roles in a severe and exaggerated way, allowing his desire for proving his masculinity to corrupt him morally. Iago then turns and uses his own fears of inadequacy against Othello as the root of his revenge and to improve his own self-image....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Feminist Research Essay

- In a world of growing population and ever changing opinions, the number of groups to last the test of time is not large. Of all the things to bring people together, there is one that will always exist, the agreed importance of justice. No matter what year it is, there will be people who see a fairer way of doing things. The same goes for people who are satisfied with the present. And when there’s a disagreement, there’s a movement. With millions of perspectives, all pulling in opposite directions, it can seem impossible to make a change....   [tags: Feminist Movement, Intentions, Goals, America]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Othello and Iago

- Othello and Iago The tragedy "Othello" by William Shakespeare is a story based upon the revenge of two characters, Othello and Iago. These two characters help to prove Murphey's Law which states that if something wrong can happen it will: for Othello it is the wrongful killing of his wife and friend, for Iago it is getting caught for his actions and finally being tortured. Many historians, actors, and readers would like to argue that Othello and Iago are very complex but at a closer look you will notice that their actions are purely based upon revenge for their iniquities....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello, the Moor of Venice: A Tragic Hero

- Miller’s Willy Loman exemplifies the core elements of a tragic hero who experiences a shift in understanding, fears that result in failing, and belief that any man, even a Lo-man, can experience that which is tragic. In Shakespeare's Othello the Moor of Venice, Othello is considered a tragic hero because he undergoes a Othello possesses both a noble birth and displays heroic qualities. One might argue, that he is a “Moor”, so this automatically places him on a lower level than most of society, and can’t classify as being born noble....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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