Compounding this theory is the fact that Iago refers to his wife metaphorically in these two instances: Although many of these were slaves, there was no law against intermarriage, so the union of Othello, the Moor of Venice, to the fair white Desdemona was not unthinkable.
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Her considers her to be a sexual hazard, a strumpet intent on using her body to blind and deceive him. The women of Othello, however, are pre-Feminism, and seem to only compound the ideological expectations of what it is to be a woman through their own behaviour. Although Iago is an extreme example, he nonetheless demonstrates, through his thinking, the fact that women, in both Elizabethan and Venetian society, are perceived as possessions, secondary to the lofty plans and desires of men.
What triggers such feelings? You long to remind someone that Shakespeare had jokes in it, too. Thus her lower status in society is paid for by her freedom. It is perhaps ironic that the actions of Iago and Othello in this play confirm her arguments.
As far is Othello is concerned, if he is tempted into conversation and interaction with his wife, then her overpowering sexuality will deter him from the right and inevitable course of action.
Why does Desdemona want to go to war with Othello? Othello is easily convinced his wife is cheating on him and feels emasculated and humiliated as a result. The stage is in half-darkness and littered with glass, like an African graveyard, and the performers are dressed in white, with their shadows looming on a screen behind the stage.
Through this accusation, the readers can clearly define the meaning of this as witchcraft and black magic is often in association with people of African background such as voodoo.
The women are merely objects to be used in order to further his own desires. It would also establish the Venetian society as one of power loving and prejudice. Take the issue of national identity—inEngland was under the rule of James I, who was also the King of Scotland.
It could be argued, however,that even in this instance, Desdemona still fails to assert herself: The patriarchal Venetian society presented in Othello, moulded on the ideology of Elizabethan England, seems to put women firmly in their place. However, she, also is suppressed by the society due to her work as a courtesan.
Although the oppressive treatment of women may be generally accepted in a seventeenth century Venetian society, but modern day feminists believe in the equality between women and men, thus the seventeenth century Venetian society would appear extraordinarily flawed.
Emilia does not express such opinions in the company of men. This is because it is so ideologically embedded that women do not seem to consider any other possibility, other than, as these notes have shown, in private conversation with one another.
Via this, the audience can unmistakably observe their racism towards Othello as they notify clearly his background of non-aristocracy.
Othello, when talking of his wife, often seems pre-occupied with matters of the flesh.The Role Of Women and Gender Representation in Othello. Bianca A venetian courtesan Bianca Emilia Desdemona Although Shakespeare supported the Renaissance stereotypes of women and men in their various roles and responsibilities, he also questioned, challenged, and modified these representations.
Gender Roles in Shakespeare This media gallery contains a series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered that highlight commonly held beliefs regarding gender roles and identity in society. As you view the videos and complete the activities, examine the ways in which women and men are presented in the plays and think about what motivates.
Impact and role of gender in Othello Abstract. This purpose of this research paper is to determine the role of gender in the Shakespeare's play ‘Othello'.
Video: Gender Roles in Othello Shakespeare's ''Othello'' is a tragic play about a man whose jealousy drives him to destroy what he loves most, and ultimately himself. Revisiting Shakespeare and Gender Jeanne Gerlach, Rudolph Almasy, and Rebecca Daniel William Shakespeare is a rich and suggestive author in terms of alerting students to issues in women's studies and gender ideology.
The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading William Shakespeare's "Othello” can be read from a feminist perspective. A feminist analysis of the play Othello allows us to judge the different social values and status of women in the Elizabethan society.Download