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Othello, The Status Of Women

- In William Shakespeare’s Othello, the status of women at the time, exemplified by Othello’s belief that Desdemona belongs to him, leads Othello to trust Iago more than he trusts his own wife. In many of Shakespeare’s plays, women lack social agency, and therefore their lives are run by men. Although Desdemona is a strong character, the fact that she is a woman creates room for Othello to doubt her. Othello begins to trust what Iago tells him more than he trusts Desdemona, which shows how little he trusted her in the first place....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Desdemona]

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Shakespeare 's Othello - Role Of Women

- Matthew Foung English 3IB, 5 10.27.14 IB English 3 Individual Oral Presentation Othello: Role of Women Statement of intent: The role of women in William Shakespeare’s play Othello is portrayed through the behaviors and actions of Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca. William Shakespeare integrates his Elizabethan society to create the patriarchal Venetian society in the play. Women in his society were seen as inferior to the men. The three women play a significant role in different social stratification....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Woman, William Shakespeare]

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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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Othello : Through The Eyes Of Two Women

- Othello: Through the Eyes of Two Women Othello, by Shakespeare, involves two women; Desdemona and Emilia. These two women have a lot of things in common. Both have husbands who are full of adventure and physically powerful. Desdemona is the wife of Othello, the Moor of Venice. Emilia’s husband is Iago, is youngest of the two men, employed as a confidante to Othello. Iago is filled with so much guilt towards Othello; he wants total revenge and makes Othello’s life a living hell for him and anyone he loves....   [tags: Othello, Marriage, Iago, Love]

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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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The Tragic Treatment of Women in Othello

- The Tragic Treatment of Women in Othello In Shakespeare's drama, Othello, there are many different relationships among the main characters. The way that Shakespeare portrays these relationships sets the stage for the pain and deceit that unfolds within the play. Relations between the men of the play, Othello, Roderigo, Iago, and Cassio, undoubtedly form the main theme. Furthermore, each of the men, except Roderigo, also has woman that stands behind and cares for him. But the manor in which these women are treated is why the story ends on such a tragic note....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Free Othello Essays: Women as Victims in Othello

- Women as Victims in Othello Othello is a play that only contains three female characters. Their roles vary and it would be an exaggeration to categorize them all as victims. However, there are similarities between the three women. [1] The least involved woman in Othello is Bianca[2]. Her relationship with Cassio does not appear to be full of commitment.          "What keep a week away. Seven days and nights?"  It could be argued that Cassio used Bianca somewhat.[3] The manner in which he asks for a favor creates an impression that he is experienced at sweet-talking her....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Discrimination Against Women in Othello

- Discrimination Against Women in Othello       The Shakespearean drama Othello renders less to the female gender than it does to the male gender. All the women characters are victims – unjustly so. Let’s talk about the obvious sexism throughout the play.   Susan Snyder in “Othello: A Modern Perspective” expounds on the sexist notions typical of Venice:   The pervasive notion of woman as property, prized indeed but more as object than as person, indicates one aspect of a deep-seated sexual pathology in Venice....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Role of Women in Othello

- Role of Women in Othello         In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello, the wife of the protagonist, Desdemona, is the main female character. Secondly, there is the ancient’s wife, Emilia, who is morally ambivalent. Thirdly, there is the girlfriend of Michael Cassio, Bianca, who makes her appearance later in the drama. This essay will analyze the roles of these three women.   At the outset of the play Iago persuades the rejected suitor of Desdemona, Roderigo, to accompany him to the home of Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, in the middle of the night....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello: Discrimination Against Women

- 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....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Role of Women in Othello

- The Role of Women in Othello        If we are to assume, as Richard Levin speculates, that women were in the audiences of many Renaissance plays, it is then highly possible that feminine stage images were affected by their presence(165). Likewise, the issues represented by these images would have been constructed to take these women into account in order to satisfy them as paying customers. Levin offers only a "tentative hypothesis on the incorporation of feminine sentiment into Renaissance drama....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Treatment of Women throughout Othello

- Treatment of Women throughout Othello        Lamentably, sexism raises its ugly head even in such an unquestionably great tragedy as William Shakespeare’s Othello.  Let us pursue a study of the problem in this essay.    In William Shakespeare: The Tragedies, Paul A. Jorgensen describes the sexist “brothel scene” in Othello:   The “brothel scene” (4.2), sadistically cruel because in it he talks to Desdemona as to a whore, is yet full of tearful agony and even ardent tenderness. It redeems him in his wish that heaven were trying him with affliction – a theologically saving belief; and it opens momentarily his heart when he sees his worst affliction – without which he could bear the o...   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Strength of Women in Shakespeare's Othello

- The Strength of Women in Shakespeare's Othello In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice, there are several strong, predominate female characters. Emilia, Desdemona, and Bianca have to defend themselves from the vicious men in the play. However, despite being victimized by the domineering men, their individual strengths set them apart from their abusers. Emilia is a realistic woman....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello]

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Contradictory Characterisations of Women in Shakespeare's Othello

- Contradictory Characterisations of Women in Shakespeare's Othello   Othello opens with a discussion between two men concerning the fate of a very beautiful woman named Desdemona. One of the men is distraught, having tried to win her love but miserably failed, and the other agrees that she is quite a prize. A prize is not just a name for Desdemona, as her humanity is lost somewhere along the way and she ceases to be anything but a prize to be won. Both men are angry and want to seek revenge against the man who won her, slandering Desdemona’s name in the process....   [tags: Shakespeare Othello]

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The Role Of Women During Shakespeare 's Othello

- The role of the women in Othello has exceptionally changed from 1603 to today. Women now have more rights than what they were offered in the 1600s. During the duration of this play, the prominent group of people are the men. The men believe they own women as their property, even the father’s own them. Women not supposed to cheat on men but men may have an unlimited number of mistresses and wives. The women in the play, Desdemona, Bianca, and Emilia, have known of this treatment and even talk of such....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Abuse, Gender role]

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Othello reveals the Disempowerment of Women

- William Shakespeare’s Othello reveals the disempowerment of women in the patriarchal society existing in the Elizabethan era. Though the female characters of Othello were subordinate to the men, the women pose a threat to the patriarchal society. This threat of women is that they are a weakness to the men of the play, their beliefs differ from the norm of their society and women are an unknowing source of havoc. Although modern day society is still patriarchal, women have been allowed more rights and authority....   [tags: Shakespeare, Literary Analysis]

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Female Characters in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Female Characters in William Shakespeare's Othello Throughout history, women’s place and role in society has vastly changed, as well as their sexuality. In the Victorian era, it was considered abnormal for women to masturbate or feel pleasure from sexual intercourse with her husband. They were led to believe that they were sick, and thus went to their doctor who would “rid” them of their “fever” through vaginal stimulation. The patriarchal society did not want women to know or understand their sexuality because that would give them power and control over their bodies....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Women Essays]

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The Women of Othello

- The Women of Othello Shakespeare's Othello presents us with a male world in which women have an especially rough time. Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca are all rejected by their respective partners, and all three love their men unselfishly and unreservedly, even when confronted by behaviour that we would deem grounds for divorce at the very least. All the women are engaged in unbalanced partnerships: they feel more for their self-centred men than the men are capable of reciprocating....   [tags: Papers]

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Custom Written Term Papers: The Role of Women in Othello

- The Role of Women in Othello At the beginning of Othello two men stand and discuss the fate of a woman. One contested for her and lost and the other willingly admits to her beauty, charm and worth. Both men wish to bring down the man who has won her, Desdemona, and slander her name nonetheless. This man, their rival and superior is none other than Othello. Othello has managed to obtain something they could not; Desdemona. Throughout the play Desdemona is rarely viewed as a human being, she is merely a prize, and from the very beginning Desdemona is an object of lust....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Evaluation of “‘Proper’ Men and ‘Fallen’ Women: The Unprotectedness of the Wives in ‘Othello’”

- Ruth Vanita is an English professor at Delhi University who wrote this essay, “‘Proper’ Men and ‘Fallen’ Women: The Unprotectedness of the Wives in ‘Othello’,” as part of her work on the representation of wife-murder in Renaissance drama. The article was published in 1994 in the journal, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900. Vanita’s thesis is that the deaths of Desdemona and Emilia were a reflection of societal acceptance of violent behavior against women and in particular within the husband-wife relationship during the Renaissance....   [tags: ‘Proper’ Men and ‘Fallen’ Women: The Unprotectedne]

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The Three Women Portrayed in Shakespeare's Othello

- The basis of Shakespeare’s plays appears to focus mainly around the dominant male character and his conflicts, which tend to deal with a woman. There are only three women in the play Othello; Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca. The way in which these women behave and present themselves strongly reflects the ideological expectations of women within Shakespeare’s imagined Venetian society as well as the Elizabethan society in which he lived. This patriarchal Venetian society presented in the play depicts women as possessions of men who should remain submissive and meek at all times....   [tags: English Literature, Literary Analysis]

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Women in Othello: Gender Roles in Elizabethan England

- In modern society women have equal respect from men. Women do not need to be compliant to men and are free to express themselves. Although some pockets of discrimination exist in present-day society, it was not the same in Elizabethan England The disrespect that women received was unparalleled. Different levels of society bolstered this dramatic inequality of people, especially women to new heights. William Shakespeare writes influential books on the life of people living in Europe in the Elizabethan time period....   [tags: history, literature, Shakespeare]

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The Role Of Women in Shakespeare's Othello

- The Role Of Women in Othello In Shakespeare's Othello, as in most writings of his time, women are viewed as trophies or objects to capture the attention of men. I do not doubt that these men do love their wives, but the love, respect and admiration for their women is much different that of our time. It seems modern women are much more capable of having what could be known as an "equal opportunity" marriage. In the days of sacred virginity, and honesty of one's word, well off women such as Desdemona were not given responsibility....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Role of Women in Shakespeare's Othello

- Role of Women in Othello       Throughout history the role of women has been heavily debated. Women have had to struggle for the rights they have today, even if some of us may still question if women really do have the same rights as a man. Whether it was getting the right to vote or even being able to join the work force, women have earned their place in society today. There are many avenues that you could take to see and understand the role of women throughout history. For this essay, we will look at William Shakespeare's Othello to see how he interputs women....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Strong Women of Shakespeare's Othello

- Strong Women of Othello   William Shakespeare often described the women in his plays as being strong, confident individuals, much different from the stereotypical roles of the time period in which he lived. In Much Ado about Nothing, the main character____(look up) ---{describe role}. Similarly, in Macbeth, {discuss role of Lady Macbeth} The women of Othello also displayed characteristics of strong, modern women. .... From the beginning of the play, we see that Desdemona is a courageous and decisive woman who pursues Othello, falling in love with his intrigued stories of adventure, seeing "Othello's visage in his mind, and to his honors and valiant parts..." refusing the attempts of othe...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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The Women of Shakespeare's Othello

- The Women of Othello The women of Shakespeares Othello are put into stereotypical roles, but behind peoples backs play much stronger types. Desdemona, goes against her fathers orders and marries a moor. Bianca innocently takes part in Desdemona's death. Emilia has an opportunity to save Desdemona but sneakingly remains silent. These women are similar because they are treated like they are lower then the men in their days. But they do not let that hold them back. These women take part in anything that pleases them....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Women's Role in Othello

- In the play "Othello", Shakespeare presents us with another male dominated society where women are inferior. Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca are rejected by their partners, but love them completely and unselfishly. All three women are in unbalanced relationships, feeling more for their self-centered men who appear unable to reciprocate. Nevertheless, these women display genuine feelings toward each other unlike any of the male-male friendships. Desdemona and Emilia are both married to career military soldiers....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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The Role of Women in Othello by William Shakespeare

- The Role of Women in Othello by William Shakespeare Shakespeare's Othello is commonly regarded as a work depicting man's ability to use his reason towards evil intentions. A lowly ancient in a general's army is able to destroy him through manipulation and deceit. But although Iago's deceit of Othello is undoubtedly a central theme in the play, another theme regarding the nature of the man towards woman is apparent. Shakespeare's Othello suggests that men mistreat women because women, as a sex, allow themselves to be mistreated....   [tags: Papers]

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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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Role of Women in Shakespeare’s Othello

- Role of Women in Shakespeare’s Othello In Shakespeare’s Othello, the role of women is greatly emphasized. The important characters of the play, Othello, Iago, and Cassio, each have a women that stands behind him. These women each have an obligation to remain loyal and respect their husband's wishes, especially Desdemona and Emilia. We see Desdemona as a young beautiful white female, madly in love with a powerful black man. She is strong inside but doesn't tend to show that side of her as much as she would want to....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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The Way In Which Shakespeare Presents Women In Othello

- The Way In Which Shakespeare Presents Women In Othello The concept of equality between the sexes would have seemed very foreign to most in Shakespeare's day. It was believed that he created Adam first, and Eve; she was created specifically to give him comfort, and was to be secondary to him, to obey him and to accept her lesser status. A dominant woman was unnatural, and was almost seen as a disease. We can see that Shakespeare didn't necessarily believe this, by looking at the role of women in other plays of Shakespeare's....   [tags: Free Essays]

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Treatment of Women in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Frankenstein, and Othello

- When we consider the patriarchal societies presented in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams (1954), Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818) and Othello by William Shakespeare (1602), and attempt to draw conclusions between them, perhaps due to the two-hundred years passing amid the texts, the patriarchal society presented in Othello, one which values bravery and honour, as seen in act I scene II, by Othello ascribing Desdemona’s love of him as owing to the “battles, sieges, fortunes that I have pass’d”; contrasts with that shown in Frankenstein, whereby, as Dr Siv Jannsson comments, Shelley reveals the, “confrontation between a scientific pursuit as seen as masculine and a feminine natur...   [tags: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof]

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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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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 By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello consists of various manipulative actions. Jealousy and selfishness causes people to make decisions that can ruin another person. Most of the characters in Othello were influenced by a form of manipulation. Iago’s manipulation of Othello and Roderigo were the main parts of the story. Cassio and Desdemona were also taken advantage of, but used in a greater manipulation of Othello and Roderigo. Iago’s intelligence and cunningness lead everyone to believe he was a truthful man, who was filling their minds with lies to create hate between others....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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

- Throughout time, the tragedy has been seen as the most emotionally pleasing form of drama, because of its ability to bring the viewer into the drama and feel for the characters, especially the tragic hero. This analysis of tragedy was formed by the Greek philosopher Aristotle, and also noted in his Poetics (guidelines to drama). As a playwright, Shakespeare used Aristotle’s guidelines to tragedy when writing Othello. The play that was created revolved around the tragic hero, Othello, whose tragic flaw transformed him from a nobleman, into a destructive creature, which would inevitably bring him to his downfall....   [tags: othello]

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Shakespearean Women : How Are They Portrayed?

- Shakespearean Women: How are they Portrayed. There are several words used to describe the women in Shakespeare’s plays. Critics tend to describe Shakespearean woman this way without true knowledge of the meaning. Passive is a term commonly used in reviews of Othello describing Desdemona, meaning she is uninvolved and showing little to no reaction to what is happening around her. Submissive; being unresistingly or humbly obedient, is another example of how she is portrayed. Other terms such as obedient and rebellious are also used to describe her character in the play....   [tags: Iago, Othello, William Shakespeare, Woman]

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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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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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Use of Imagery in Othello

- Before the ability to read words, pictures can be used to communicate to babies or even the illiterate. Pictures are universal. They will be seen as the same language no matter what part of the globe you are in. A good author can create pictures through his words. A great author can create the same imagery for centuries to come. The function of imagery in the mid-sixteenth century play Othello by William Shakespeare is to add characterization and eventually define meaning in the play. The antagonist Iago is defined through various images, some being the use of poison and sleeping aids, to show his true evil nature....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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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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Compare Relationships Between Romeo and Juliet and Between Desdemona and Othello

- In Two of Shakespeare’s most noted plays Romeo and Juliet and Othello Shakespeare explores the essence of tragedy. How regardless of what measures they take my the nature of the play both relationships are doomed before they flourish, The extent in witch obsession clouds the minds of the luckless heroes and by what extent the women seem to be more in control of the men than the other way round. In the plays ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare uses the concept of a tragic hero to create two characters who by the nature of a tragedy are doomed to fail in their relationships and endeavors....   [tags: tragedy, doomed, women, control]

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Emilia's Intelligence in Shakespeare's Othello

- In Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello, Emilia expresses her underrated intelligence to prove others' beliefs against her. Unlike the other women in the book, Emilia understands men and their thinking; therefore she shows no shame for standing up for what she believes in. Emilia unexpectedly ruins her husband's plan, which suddenly alters the outcome the story. Emilia without a doubt out smarts everyone, including her own brilliant husband, Iago, but little does he know that his loyal wife surprisingly ruins his plan....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Opposing Views On Othello 's Othello

- Opposing Views on Character Fault in Shakespeare’s Othello In Shakespeare’s Othello, the main characters suffer a tragic demise at the end. While it is clear that somebody is to blame for the unfortunate events, the main culprit behind the tragedy remains unclear. Three different authors, the humanists Baldassare Castiglione, Juan Luis Vives, and the Puritan preacher William Whately would all disagree on which character is to blame. While Castiglione would put Iago at fault for his misogynistic words and actions, Vives would say that Brabantio is the one to blame for his lack of control over his daughter Desdemona, and Whately would argue that Othello could have avoided this whole ordea...   [tags: Marriage, Othello, Juan Luis Vives, Iago]

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The Bond Between Women in Williams Shakespeare's Literautre

- Women have been often looked at as the one’s who use their words to fight and are quick to hold a grudge against other’s but this isn’t true if one looks at the friendship between women. Women hold their friendships close to their hearts and go through the best and worst of times together, it could also be the concept of how women need to stick together in order to survive. The bond between women is something that cannot be broken by any means and will last a lifetime, this is due to the heavy reliance on emotional connects that they share....   [tags: othello, desmona, emilia]

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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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The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- In the play “The Tragedy of Othello” by Willian Shakespeare, Othello Changes from an intelligent and confident person to a senseless and insecure person. This change in his personality occurs mainly because: Iago plans to ruin his relationship with Desdemona, he was an Outsider, he had bad judgement when it came to trusting people and failed to see reality, his negative thinking about himself and his relationship with Desdemona. Iago is a very strategic and clever person, and he despises Othello because Othello appointed Cassio as a lieutenant over Iago....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, 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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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- The Muzzled Voice In today 's society women play a number of rolls depending on what area in the world they live in. Here in the western part of the world we are lucky enough to live in a society where women are able to speak freely and to share what is on their mind. If a woman disagrees with a man 's opinion or something that he says she is allowed to voice her disagreement. However, in other societies throughout the world women do not have as much of a voice. They are expected to be submissive to their husband and respectful when in the presence of other men....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Woman, London]

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Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- Women in Shakespeare’s Elizabethan period lived in chains bound by the society with the leash handed first to their father and after marriage to their husbands. The higher the position in society tighter the restrictions. Women were escorted everywhere they went like Desdemona. “Good women followed the instructions of their husband and father’s.” Men did not have to explain themselves and their actions to their possessions.One of the examples of women 's role is given by Shakespeare In act 3 of Othello,when Iago’s wife Emilia says, “I know nothing but to please his fantasy”(3.3.299)....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Husband]

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The Valiant Moor Othello's Downfall

- The term of address 'valiant Moor' is used by the senator and conveys the idea that Othello is the protector and saviour of Venice. Othello is a black man of a very high status and can be see as valuable and indispensible to the state, as he is needed to fight in the war. The fronted conjunction 'But' shows that Othello unfortunately, has a fatal flaw of being very open with those he thinks he can trust on face value alone/ Othello's devotion and love to Desdemona in Act 1 could lead him to becoming jealous very easily of his wife....   [tags: Othello, shakespeare, character, ]

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Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- Shakespeare has written some of the most outstanding pieces of literature through out history that have lasted through out the ages. But, critics often critique Shakespeare as being sexist towards women in his work. He often portrays them as weak minded, evil, or as sexual objects. Ophelia, Queen Gertrude, Lady Macbeth, and Juliet Capulet are just a few female heroines that are accused of being feeble or heinous. Shakespeares Othello represents Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca as weak characters that do not become triumphant by the end of the play....   [tags: Iago, Othello, William Shakespeare]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- Emilia breaks the mold of the entire structure of women in a society male dominated in Othello by her wisdom, conscious thought, tolerance, and above all her final actions. She’s not necessarily a feminist or activist she wisely decides her actions and carefully chooses her situation. In fact by extension all the women in Othello stand in contrast to their male counterparts “The women in Othello are not murderous, and they are not foolishly idealistic or foolishly cynical as the men are.” (Neely....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Gender, Woman]

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Analysis Of ' Othello And Pride And Prejudice ``

- Change is an inevitable factor of life that many individuals experience on a daily basis, leading either to extraordinary transformations or deteriorating aspects of an individual’s character. In literature, change is a key element to the understanding of a character’s construction both physical and psychological. Throughout Captain Corelli’s Mandellis, Othello and Pride and Prejudice, transformation of characters explicitly portrays both the uncertainty of one’s true self being, progression or regression due to turbulent relationships....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Character, Novel]

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The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- The tragedy of Othello by William Shakespeare shows what a person, like Iago, with great intellect and wit uses these talents to cause pain in love and terror to those around him. Iago holds physiological power over Othello thoughts by lying to him and giving him false evidence of his wife Desdemona. In the process of Iago’s plan, Desdemona becomes the victim of pain and sorrow from Othello. Although Iago possess great intellect, he also feels threat of jeopardy towards his plan of bringing down Othello by, Cassio, Roderigo, and Emilie....   [tags: Othello, Marriage, Iago, William Shakespeare]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- In William Shakespeare’s Othello, reputation is one of the most important aspects to a character. Whether it be a solid general such as Othello, who does anything to preserve his good name and not be made a “cuckold”, a trustworthy lieutenant like Cassio, whose “immortal” part is his reputation, or a devious villain like Iago, who takes advantage of being deemed “honest”, for his own personal gains, they all try to preserve their reputation. It is clear that when these characters are thinking about their reputation they make good decisions....   [tags: Othello, Iago, KILL, Brabantio]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- Othello, the Shakespearean tragedy which features Othello the moor as the main character, is a Shakespearean play rich for interpretation. Othello follows the story of Othello and his wife Desdemona as their story, unfortunately, ends in tragedy, murder, and suicide. Due to the fact that Othello is black, he is susceptible to the racial stereotypes that Shakspeare has built for him. Othello is originally introduced as an honorable and dignified man but throughout the play, he slowly and then rapidly deteriorates into an almost animal-like state....   [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Iago]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- In Shakespeare’s play Othello, the male characters perceive women as adulterous and property, treating them as inferior that need to be submissive and obey. Iago creates a false perception of his wife thinking she is promiscuous. Also, Othello sees his wife as promiscuous, an impression created by his jealousy and one he has convinced himself of it. Furthermore, Iago and Othello perceive their wives as inferior, and by his words, the reader can see that they are both their wife and subordinate. At last, the male characters refer to Desdemona’s marriage as a “steal” and “purchase” of property, then, Iago and Othello end their wives’ lives because they see them as possessions of no good....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Marriage, Desdemona]

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The Tragedy Of Othello, The Moore Of Venice

- The tragedy of Othello, the Moore of Venice. As it hath beene diuerse times acted at the Globe, and at the Black-Friars, by his Majesties servants. Written by William Shakespeare set in Venice. The plot is based on a story about two people who love each other dearly and the problems and conflicts they face from the start. The conflicts are, for the most part, tied in with racial issues and questions of loyalty. These conflicts stem from the society around the couple, as well as from the couple themselves as they too are part of this society, but with very different backgrounds: The female protagonist is the daughter of a highly-respected Venetian senator: Brabantio....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Michael Cassio]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- Shakespeare is prominent not only in inventing new words, but also in using such themes as death, love, and betrayal throughout his works including Othello. However the central theme of the play is jealousy which we face right from the beginning meeting Roderigo, who envies Othello because he wants to be with Desdemona. In the end of the play we see how furiously jealous Othello is because he is sure Cassio and Desdemona have an affair. In the story of Othello by Shakespeare it is clear that Iago plays a significant part as he is introduced right from the first scene....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Love]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Othello and Desdemona

- Othello and Desdemona In the play, The Tragedy of Othello, Shakespeare really tests our conception as to what love is, and where it can or can't exist. Judging from the relationship between Desdemona and Othello, the play seems to say that marriage based on an innocent romantic love or profane love is bound to fail. Shakespeare is pessimistic about the existence and survival of a true type of love. There is a common thread of betrayal and deceit among his female characters, especially. Othello and Desdemona, as portrayed in the play, are the two greatest innocents there ever were....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Desdemona from Othello

- In Greek, Desdemona means ‘the unfortunate’, perhaps reflecting an ideology that she is not meant to be liked, merely pitied for her misfortune as a tragic victim (commonly defined as someone who dies due to the faults of others). Throughout Othello, Desdemona is presented as pure and innocent – in regards to this, Auden’s comment is unusual as Desdemona is seldom criticised; indeed many critics are complementary, giving her titles such as ‘gentle Desdemona’. Desdemona is a victim of both Othello’s jealousy (the ‘green-eyed monster’) and Iago’s malevolence....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- In Shakespeare’s Othello, we are given a handful of characters which have varying levels of innocence and mal-intent. Figuratively speaking, these characters put on masks to both hide their true intentions, or to honestly display authenticity. The brilliance of this play comes out in the way that Shakespeare manages to mix the two together. The innocent are seemingly deceptive and unfaithful, while the malicious are perceived with honest fidelity and good nature. Secondary characters of the play also use masks, though to a lesser degree, they still add drama to the tragedy....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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The Significance of Power in William Shakespeare's Othello, Gwen Harwood’s “In the Park”, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

- ... Continuing on, a major factor in the whole turn of events that occurs within the play is the power of human emotion to overcome reason. Throughout the play many characters fall victim to their own emotions one example would be the infamous Iago. Almost immediately Iago’s soliloquy demonstrates to the audience the effect that hate –in this case his hate for Othello- has had on him by simply stating “I hate the Moor”. This hate is what drives the whole play and Iagos’ plot to manipulate and eventually destroy Othello....   [tags: race, women, reputation]

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The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- While reading the play “The Tragedy Of Othello” by Shakespeare I realized that it was almost like reading one big poem. Many of Shakespeare’s plays have a rhyme scheme this is called blank verse, “written prodomintaly in blank verse, Othello also includes prose passages (many spoken by Iago) and rhymed couplets (which punctuate the ends of some scenes)” (DiYanni 1011). The character I took the most interest in was Iago. He is portrayed as the villain throughout the play. Iago claims that he always speaks the truth when everything is an elaborated lie to manipulate others....   [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Marriage, Lie]

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Belonging Themes in William Shakespeare’s Play Othello and Gurinder Chadha’s Film Bride and Prejudice

- Good Morning Whilst plainly mentioning the word belonging, each and every one of our minds will generate a unique visualisation of what we interpret of belonging. This is because I believe that one’s life experience can enhance and diminish their sense of belonging. William Shakespeare’s play Othello and Gurinder Chadha’s film Bride and Prejudice both deeply explores the notion of belonging through the use of various film techniques, imagery, binary opposites and dramatic techniques. Othello’s ethnic background has set him aside as “the other” to the Venetian society....   [tags: Cultures, Race, Women]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Othello and the Heroine, Desdemona

- Othello and the Heroine, Desdemona         In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello we see a very exceptional woman in the person of Desdemona, wife of the general. She, as Cassio says, is a “paragon” of virtues, unlike the other female characters in the drama.   H. S. Wilson in his book of literary criticism, On the Design of Shakespearean Tragedy, discusses Desdemona’s entry into the Moor’s life:   But Othello had not known Desdemona long; he had little knowledge of women in any case; his military life had left scant time for cultivating their society or studying them, before he met Desdemona; and there was a bitter modesty in the man, who thought it quite possible that, for...   [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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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- The play Othello was written in 1604 during the Elizabethan era. Othello, the moor, enjoyed success in combat, which gained him a reputation as one of Venice’s most prominent Generals. He married the lovely Desdemona, the daughter of Brabantio, a Venetian Senator. Othello, despite his blackness, is a noble leader and Cassio his Lieutenant. Iago, serves as Othello’s ensign- an officer of low rank. Iago thinks he is worthy of a better title and resents both Othello and Cassio for their position. Iago was intrigued by Othello’s decision to appoint Cassio since he believed he had the qualities and experiences needed for the position despite having the “three great ones of the city” advocate in h...   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Desdemona]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- The tragedy Othello was written in 1604 during the Elizabethan era. Othello, the moor, enjoyed success in combat, which gained him a reputation as one of Venice’s most prominent Generals. He married the lovely Desdemona, the daughter of Brabantio, a Venetian Senator. Othello, despite his blackness, is a noble leader and Cassio his Lieutenant. Iago, serves as Othello’s ensign- an officer of low rank. Iago thinks he is worthy of a better title and resents both Othello and Cassio for their position....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Desdemona]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- “Communication to a relationship is like oxygen to life without it…it dies.” This quote, once said by Tony Gaskins, a motivational speaker and author, relates to Shakespeare 's play, Othello, because the lack of communication between Othello and his wife, Desdemona, causes him to kill her. Othello’s motivation to kill his wife was manipulated by Iago’s manipulation into believing she was having an affair with Cassio, Othello’s second in command in the military. Iago’s relationship with his wife, Emilia, also contains this similar lack of communication because he believes Emilia has been unfaithful to him multiple times....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Michael Cassio, Emilia]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- Othello is a soldier fighting in a war against his emotions. In order to win he must defeat his enemies. However, it becomes hard for him to tell who is against him when the “truth” is revealed. Shakespeare’s famous play Othello begins in Venice. A jealous man named Iago is in an argument with a rich man named Roderigo. They learn that Othello has just married Desdemona. Both of them hate Othello with a passion. Othello does not choose Iago to be his lieutenant which causes Iago to do everything in his power to ruin the life of Othello....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Desdemona]

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Othello, The Remake Of The Cinthio 's Tale

- Shakespeare, Othello is the remake of the Cinthio’s tale Hecatommithi in 1603. Shakespeare keeps many of the Cinthio’s tales but a few change to make the tragedy appealing to his audience. The Othello themes are similar to the original of jealousy, love, honor and race. Shakespeare alteration to create Othello is to show the social problems that was a face in the Victorian age. Shakespeare expanding different themes in Cinthio’s tale, he creates complex character and the problems by interracial marriage....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Brabantio]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- We have all heard of the saying “There is more than meets the eye”, personally theorizing that there may be a hidden meaning behind a person’s initial appearance. Lying and deceiving others are common in society, and many individuals disguise their true intentions. In Othello, Iago is no different from those individuals. While portraying a faithful and trustworthy friend, deep down Iago is a manipulative, misleading and dishonest villain. From the beginning, Iago creates a strategic game plan by undermining everyone in their weaknesses as a way of revenge....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Deception, Michael Cassio]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- This soliloquy shows how Iago tries to deceive Othello by asking Cassio about Bianca who is a prostitute crazing about Cassio. Because Othello is too jealous of Cassio, so he will definitely misunderstand that Cassio is talking about Bianca, but Desdemona. Before this, Iago already put a “worm” in Othello’ ears that Desdemona is cheating on him. Although Othello wants to believe Desdemona’s purity and innocence, but Iago keeps faking things between Desdemona and Cassio. Furthermore, Othello never tries to ask Desdemona and Cassio the truth; he only listens to Iago’s words which becomes his fateful weakness....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Jealousy]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- The world is a scandalous place filled with egocentric people to who will often make choices based on personal pleasure and beneficial needs. In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, when not chosen for the higher titled position, the villain seeks revenge and manipulates others in scandalous acts to take over. Through characterization of the three main characters, Othello, Desdemona, and Iago, we realize that, lacking trust leads to a self-disrupting nature filled with betrayal, death, and suicide....   [tags: Othello, Love, Iago, Michael Cassio]

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The Lieutenant in Othello

- The Lieutenant in Othello        Iago, in the Bard’s tragedy Othello, detests in an irrational way the very person of Cassio. Does Michael Cassio deserve the governorship of the island of Cyprus. What is his relationship with Bianca. Let’s look at these and other questions relating to the lieutenant in this essay.   David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies concludes that it is the “daily beauty” in the life of the lieutenant which underlies the destructive behavior of the antagonist:   The “daily beauty” in Cassio’s life makes Iago feel “ugly” by comparison (5.1.19-20), engendering in Iago a profound sense of lack of worth from which he can temporarily find relief onl...   [tags: Othello essays]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello

- Forced by predominant men in Elizabethan society, women conform to a facade based on an socioeconomic status rather than character. As expected, women in William Shakespeare’s Othello demonstrate obedience in their behavior in accordance with a man’s expectations. Throughout this tragic play the once formidable Othello, becomes crazed with jealousy based on his ensign 's puppet master. Determined to murder his wife, Desdemona, because of her alleged infidelity, Othello fights against being a cuckold....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Social class, Nobility]

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William Shakespeare 's ' Othello ' And ' Oedipus '

- Throughout history of mankind pride has been recognized as a precursor to destruction. We find numerous references to pride being the downfall of man in the Bible. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Men who choose to be prideful are often destined for great suffering. Famous author, C.S. Lewis says in his book Mere Christianity that, “the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice.” ( insert bib)....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragic hero, Othello, Sophocles]

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