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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

- ... He is again referring Desdemona to a sheep, and a sheep often referred to as a property. Desdemona is her father’s property as all daughters are when they weren’t married. Shakespeare makes frequent references between the women and property. Emilia and Desdemona are having a conversation of cheating in Act IV scene iii. Desdemona doesn’t believe in cheating because it is a “gross kind.” But, Emilia doesn’t believe it’s uncommon. She wouldn’t do it for materials such as jewels and gifts, however, she would do it for her husband and make him ruler of the world....   [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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Opposing Views On Othello 's Othello

- ... Even then, Desdemona was actively engaged in Iago’s discussion, which Castiglione would say is Desdemona’s duty. Iago knows that Desdemona was not cheating on Othello, and Iago is to be blamed for the whole tragedy due to his lack of care for the wellbeing of other people. Iago shows a little of his lack of care for women when he quotes, “You are pictures out of doors, bells in your parlors, wildcats in your kitchens, saints in your injuries, devils being offended, players in your housewifery, and huswives in your beds” (2.1.111-14)....   [tags: Marriage, Othello, Juan Luis Vives, Iago]

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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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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 '

- ... " 'Tis very much.Make her amends, she weeps." (Act 4, scene 1, line 191) Then, she leaves him at his request due to her fear of offending him. "I will not stay to offend you." (Act 4, scene 1, line 196) If she was a triumphant and independant character, she would not allow herself to be pshyically abused. She said herself that she chose to be with Othello. That should also imply that she has an option to leave the relationship if she needs to. Towards the end of the play, Othello ends up killing her and when she is revived Desdemona forgives him and takes the blame....   [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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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... Lodovico tells Othello that because of this murder, “You shall close prisoner rest, till that the nature of your fault be known to the Venetian state.” By being scared of being mocked at for being a cuckold, he loses one of the most important things to him: his reputation of being “valiant”. He could have made rational decisions such as to allow Desdemona to defend herself or he could ask Cassio to bear witness, but he chose to act upon his rage and fear. Moreover, after Iago instigates Othello, Othello says, “I would have him nine years a-killing.” Othello did not realize that Cassio was beneficial to the state, and by trying to kill Cassio, Othello was indirectly harming the state, the...   [tags: Othello, Iago, KILL, Brabantio]

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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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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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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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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... Othello’s mask will always be that of an honest man, one who works with the evidence that is presented to him by his trusted subordinates. Iago seems to be the voice of reason, but also acts as the catalyst for all of the chaos which surrounds Othello. To recap, Othello maintains his mask throughout the play, but we begin to see cracks form in it as he is corrupted by disdain. By the end of the play, his mask breaks, and he is stripped of the virtue which made him the man he once was. After wrongfully killing Desdemona he tells everyone, “speak of me as I am”....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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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 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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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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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

- ... This is illustrated when Shakespeare writes,“The handkerchief!” (III.iiii.83). Othello demands his wife to prove her loyalty by giving him the handkerchief. Othello miscommunicates to Desdemona because he does not give his wife the reason wanting the handkerchief and refuses to communicate the punishment for not having it. Othello, not listening to his wife, leads to him making assumptions of their relationship without realizing his wife’s loyalty to him. Also, Desdemona not having the cloth angers Othello because it illustrates to him Desdemona does not care about his love or their marriage....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Michael Cassio, Emilia]

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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

- ... By Cassio demanding “hail to thee” William Shakespeare exemplifies Desdemona’s heavenliness through forcing everyone to welcome her. In Cassio’s eyes, Desdemona deserves an extraordinary arrival and by compelling others to participate, he glorifies her. Throughout her youth, Desdemona felt obligated to live up to her virtuous expectations . This facade forces her to play the part but form into what society demands from her. Naive of the world’s infidelities, Desdemona questions Emilia about whether or not “woman do abuse their husbands/In some gross kind....   [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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Emilia Is Innocent Of Desdemona 's Death During Othello

- ... Emilia has never been disloyal to Iago. When Othello smothers Desdemona, Emilia walks in she begins to ask questions. Othello tells her what has happened, then Emilia asks Desdemona what has happened, and she blames herself. After Desdemona dies, Othello is telling Emilia what has happen and as he is explaining Emilia is begins to figure out what her husband has caused she begins to tell what had really happened telling Othello he plant it. “She give it Cassio. No, alas, I found it, And I did give’t my husband.” When Emilia shows her disloyalty and takes her mistress side and Iago kills her....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello, The Moor Of Venice

- Marriage and love played a critical role in human society. Societies consider marriage as a social institution that ensures continuity of values, beliefs, practices, and behaviors of individuals in the society. However, values, beliefs, practices, and behaviors attributed to marriage are subject to change. Evidence shows that marriage changes with time, the same way cultural values and beliefs of human beings do. For instance, Tavares (289) asserts that marriage practices, values, and customs of the past century vary significantly from the marriage value of the present time....   [tags: Marriage, Wedding, Othello, Wife]

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The Character of Emilia in Othello

- The Character of Emilia in Othello   The definition of Renaissance women is fundamentally important in William Shakespeare's play Othello. One of the major causes of Othello's tragedy is his belief that Desdemona is not chaste. According to the men of the Renaissance, chastity, silence, and obedience are three attributes that define Renaissance women. Although Othello takes place during the Renaissance, the women in the play, Bianca, Desdemona and Emilia, defy traditional norms by lacking at least one of the major attributes defining women; Bianca's lack of chastity is clearly displayed when she unlawfully sleeps with Cassio; Desdemona's lack of silence is clearly displayed when she cons...   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Sexism in Othello

- Othello: the Unquestionable Sexism        Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello features sexism as regular fare – initially from Brabantio and Iago, and finally from Othello. Let us in this essay explore the occurrences and severity of sexism in the drama.   In “Historical Differences: Misogyny and Othello” Valerie Wayne implicates Iago in sexism. He is one who is almost incapable of any other perspective on women than a sexist one:   Iago’s worry that he cannot do what Desdemona asks implies that his dispraise of women was candid and easily produced, while the praise requires labour and inspiration from a source beyond himself....   [tags: Othello essays]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello The Moor Of Venice

- Marriage and love played and play a critical role in human society. Societies consider marriage as a social institution that ensures continuity of values, beliefs, practices, and behaviors of individuals in the society. However, values, beliefs, practices, and behaviors attributed to marriage are subject to change. Evidence has that marriage changes with time, the same way cultural values and beliefs of human beings does. For instance, Tavares (289) asserts that marriage practices, values, and customs of the past century vary significantly from the marriage value of the present time....   [tags: Marriage, Wedding, Love, Othello]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Desdemona the Ideal

- Desdemona the Ideal         What wife can compare to the ideal wife which the Bard of Avon has painted for us in his tragedy Othello. She is appreciated by everyone except the villain.   Angela Pitt in “Women in Shakespeare’s Tragedies” comments on Desdemona as the ideal wife:   Handbooks of the period explain in some detail what is required of the ideal wife, and Desdemona seems to fulfill even the most conservative expectation. She is beautiful and also humble:   A maiden never bold Of spirit so still and quiet that her motion Blushed at herself....   [tags: Othello essays]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello The Moor Of Venice

- ... Another quality Othello possessed was that he was a very loving husband to Desdemona. He treated her as an equal, even though women were usually treated as though they were inferior to men. Othello also let Desdemona voice her opinions and was always trying to put her needs in front of his own. Othello knew he needed to be totally involved in his work in Cyprus, however he did not want to leave Desdemona alone in Venice right after their wedding. Othello decided to have Desdemona accompany him to Cyprus and promised he would not be distracted by her while they were there, “...and Heaven defend your good souls that you think I will your serious and great business scant when she is with m...   [tags: Othello, Iago, Love, Michael Cassio]

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Cassio, the Lieutenant, in Othello

- Cassio, the Lieutenant, in Othello      Michael Cassio, the lieutenant who supposedly stole away Iago’s coveted promotion in Shakespeare’s Othello, is a strange sort of character. He shows great appreciation of other people; he is radiant with truth and honor; and yet he patronizes a prostitute, Bianca. This essay will delve into the character of Cassio.   Blanche Coles in Shakespeare’s Four Giants comments on the character of Cassio:   In a casual reading of Othello, it may seem that the character of Cassio is not sufficiently well drawn, because, for reasons connected with his portrayal of Iago, Shakespeare delays the full characterization of Cassio until almost the end of the pl...   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Lost Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

- The Lost Iago in Othello         In Shakespeare’s Othello the sinister nature of the ancient casts a pall of uneasiness over the narrative of the play. How can the evil influence of one character be so pervasive. Let us in this essay probe his character and find answers to our questions.   In “Historical Differences: Misogyny and Othello” Valerie Wayne exposes Iago’s inability to praise women when Desdemona asks him how he would do it:   Iago’s worry that he cannot do what Desdemona asks implies that his dispraise of women was candid and easily produced, while the praise requires labour and inspiration from a source beyond himself....   [tags: Othello essays]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello, Desdemona, Emilia, And Bianca

- Throughout history women have always been treated differently. Some were not always accepted by society, when others were expected to be something. It is demonstrated in William Shakespeare’s play, Othello, that women are not treated as an equal during his time period. In society, women were expected to be mothers and to treat their husband if he was royalty. The women in the play, Othello, are the characters, Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca. These women went through many different events throughout the play that involved their loved ones....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Woman]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello And Titus Andronicus

- There is something about Shakespeare that entices people to feel venomous towards his work. When reading or viewing adaptations of his work, the audience is compulsively drawn into the story. Especially in his early works, Shakespeare is blatant with violence, which is disturbing to the audience. Yet, the audience is entranced even more as they try to find out how Shakespeare creates his plays to be so tyrannical. Shakespeare is an effective playwright because of one simple fact: he is a tyrant....   [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Moors, Iago]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Character Development of Iago, Desdemona and Othello

- Character Development of Iago, Desdemona and Othello   The three characters of Iago, Desdemona and Othello are gradually revealed to the audience as Act One unfolds. All three are linked to one another and talk to and about each other. Their characters unfold through their interaction with others and how they behave in isolation. The first impression formed of Iago comes from what Roderigo says. Being gullible, Roderigo has given Iago his purse. A character who accepts an offer like this is likely to be of doubtful reputation....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Gender Bias in Othello

- Gender Bias in Othello          Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello is an unfortunate example of gender bias, of sexism which takes advantage of women. The three women characters in the drama are all, in their own ways, victims of men’s skewed attitudes regarding women. Let us delve into this topic in this essay.   Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine comment in the Introduction to Shakespeare: Othello that sexism is a big factor  in the play:   At this point in our civilization the play’s fascination and its horror may be greater than ever before because we have been made so very sensitive to the issues of race, class, and gender that are woven into the texture of Othello....   [tags: Othello essays]

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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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