Feminist Essays On Othello

  • Othello:The Role Of Women

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    An analysis of women being victims in Othello: Othello is a play written by William Shakespeare in the 1600s, this essay is from a feminist perspective. The main ideas of Othello are jealousy and revenge. In this play there are only three women in the entire play. The three women are Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca. Desdemona is the wife of Othello and the daughter of Brabantio; she is one of the main characters in the play. Emilia is the wife of Iago and Desdemona handmaiden. Bianca is a prostitute

  • Women In Shakespeare's Othello

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    Throughout Othello, the reader can find that the female characters are presented similarly to the expectations of Shakespearean Elizabethan society as well as the patriarchal Venetian society. Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca are the only three women in the play. This essay will focus on the feminist interpretation of Othello and how Othello provided an enabling outlet for feminist anger. Focusing closely on the representation and views of the female characters. During Shakespearean times a male’s

  • The Effects of Femininity

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    sex and gender of a being that determines their actions, but instead their thoughts and opinions. This essay will assess ideas of femininity in reference to James' The Turn of The Screw, and Shakespeare's Othello. In order for us to deal with how a consideration of femininity can effect our understanding of a literary text, we must also be able to grasp the notion of `feminism' and `Feminist Literary Theory'. A dictionary definition of `feminism' is: `the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds

  • Feminism in Sophocles' Antigone and Shakespeare's Othello

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    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. Two

  • A Feminist Analysis of Othello

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    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

  • A Feminist Perspective of Othello

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    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

  • Gender Bias in Othello

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    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

  • Othello and Different Senses of Abnormal

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    Othello and Different Senses of Abnormal As inconsequential as they may initially seem, the various types of abnormalities in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello do impact upon the audience. Let us explore this subject of the deviant in this play. In the essay “Wit and Witchcraft: an Approach to Othello” Robert B. Heilman discusses the abnormal attitude and plans of the ancient as manifested in his verbal imagery: If we take all the lines of one character out of context

  • Obeyed Wifehood And Conceiving Womanhood In Othello And Oroonoko

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    Obeyed Wifehood and Conceiving Womanhood in Othello and Oroonoko Many readers feel the tendency to compare Aphra Behn's Oroonoko to William Shakespeare's Othello. Indeed they have many features in common, such as wives executed by husbands, conflicts between white and black characters, deceived heroes, the absolute vulnerability of women, etc. Both works stage male characters at both ends of their conflicts. In Othello, the tragic hero is Othello, and the villain is Iago. In Oroonoko, the hero is

  • The Turkish-Venetian War in Othello

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    The Turkish-Venetian War in Othello According to A. L. Rowse, William Shakespeare's Othello is one of the most perfect plays ever written (13). There is practically nothing in it that does not contribute to plot or character development (unlike Hamlet, which is filled with a large cast, complexities, and sub-plots). G. B. Harrison agrees that the construction is perfect (1058). Only two brief scenes with a clown in Act III don't seem to advance the play any. That, and one strange plot element:

  • Feminist Reading of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

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

  • Discrimination Against Women in Othello

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    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

  • Ominous Evil in Othello

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    Ominous Evil in Othello In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello the presence of ominous evil is present in the play from opening scene to closing scene. Let us discuss this concept of evil as manifested in the drama. H. S. Wilson in his book of literary criticism, On the Design of Shakespearean Tragedy, addresses the character of the general’s ancient: With such a man everything is food for his malice. There is no appeasing him. His ego feeds upon the misfortunes he contrives

  • Othello’s Diabolism

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    Othello’s Diabolism In Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, there is present through most of the play such an overwhelming amount of evil that the audience can scarcely remain undisturbed. Alvin Kernan’s “Othello: an Introduction” explains the diabolism existing under the name of “honest Iago”: “Honest Iago” conceals beneath the exterior of the plain soldier and blunt, practical man of the world a diabolism so intense as to defy rational explanation – it must be taken like lust or pride

  • Sexism in Othello

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    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

  • The Beautiful Character of Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello

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    Othello and the Beautiful Character of Desdemona The good character of Desdemona in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello meets a wretched end because of the sinister treachery of an ancient. In this essay let us analyze the beautiful character of Desdemona. Valerie Wayne in “Historical Differences: Misogyny and Othello” comments on the proper manner of interpreting Desdemona’s body as referred to by an irate Othello: Desdemona’s body before her supposed adultery is  here

  • Sex in Othello and Hamlet

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    way he acts just by being female and attractive is enough to drive men insane. William Shakespeare's plays, Othello and Hamlet, demonstrate on paper, on film, and in other art forms that female sexuality and beauty are a threat to patriarchal society and that they must be controlled. Showalter affirms this in her essay by quoting David Laverenze's essay, "The Woman in Hamlet." In this essay he asserts that, " Hamlet's disgust at the feminine passivity in himself translated into violent revulsion against

  • Essay on Women in the Plays of William Shakespeare

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    .. middle of paper ... ... mother, wife, nor England's queen" The Roles of Women in Richard III". The Woman's Part: Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare. Ed. Carolyn Ruth Swift Lenz, Galye Greene, and Carol Thomas Neely. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1980. Park, Clara Claiborne. "As We Like It: How a Girl Can Be Smart and Still Popular." The Woman's Part: Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare. Ed. Carolyn Ruth Swift Lenz, Gayle Greene, and Carol Thomas Neely. Chicago: University of Illinois

  • Tragic Flaw

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    well as the impul... ... middle of paper ... ... Works Cited Tiffany, Grace. "Hamlet, reconciliation, and the just state." Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 58.2 (2005): 111+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 25 Nov. 2011. Bradley, A. C. "Shakespeare's Tragic Period- 'Hamlet'' and ' 'Hamlet'." Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on ' Hamlet', 'Othello', 'King Lear', 'Macbeth'. 2nd ed. Macmillan, 1905. 79-128. Rpt. in Shakespearean Criticism. Ed. Laurie Lanzen Harris. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale

  • The Roaring Girl: The Status Of Women

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    in favour of their husbands and fathers. The definition of ‘empower’ is “to give power or authority” (Dictionary.com, 2015). There will be 3 sections of this essay, each part looking at empowerment, the historical context of its respective play and its portrayal of women. It will examine the identities of women in society from a feminist perspective with the focus being mainly on three early modern texts in particular; The Duchess of Malfi, The Roaring Girl and The Witch of Edmonton. Each of these