These notes will explore some of the ways in which the female characters are presented in the play. It was as Igor Djordjevic says in his paper Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet : from Shakespearean tragedy to postmodern satyr play, both Othello and Iago, the most important male characters in Othello, lost their central roles. An example of this,lack of care, is when Iago and Cassio are talking about the relationship between Cassio and Bianca. As their single occupation, marriage held massive responsibilities of house management and child rearing. In the Renaissance, women were seen as possessions. She would not think of questioning him, because she would know the consequences. The representation of women in literature was felt to be one of the most important forms of socialisation.
Desdemona actually forgives Othello for murdering her. Nevertheless, these women display genuine feelings toward each other unlike any of the male-male friendships. This would also explain why they have an uncommitted relationship. The important characters of the play, Othello, Iago, and Cassio, each have a women that stands behind him. This is in stark contrast to Othello, where she was avoiding confrontation and was defensive while trying to smooth over the arising issues.
The role of women has become more similar to that of men but women have added responsibilities. Her only role is to be Othello's wife and Brabantio's daughter Was Desdemona written as a character possessing incredible strength and depth, or a mere caricature for the purpose of symbolism? Women were warned in conduct books and in sermons preached each Sunday that if they misbehaved, they would be committing a sin. Whether it is in the story plot, character, or even its setting, spotting the differences is always easy to find. She is begining to understand her role as a wife towards her lord husband. After reading this book, you may be able to draw many conculsions about the role of women. She had a goal and she was going to accomplish it; so in essence, she was actively seeking confrontation.
These expectations of women are shown in the play Othello, by William Shakespeare. A feminist analysis of the play Othello allows us to judge the different social values and status of women in the Elizabethan society. Coming from a European society he was struck by the way Americans understood the equality of the sexes. Desdemona and Emilia are both married to career military soldiers. Perhaps she turns a blind eye to his actions, but, in the end, she pays the highest price for standing against him. She has no choice but to go on living her everyday life, even after knowing what Iago was planning.
These opinions, however, are given to Desdemona in moments of privacy. 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. How is't with you, my most fair Bianca? Women who did not have or follow these standards were more than likely killed. . The important characters of the play, Othello, Iago, and Cassio, each have a women that stands behind him. Conservative Judaism, Gender, Halakha 866 Words 3 Pages. Desdemona, Iago, Michael Cassio 1291 Words 4 Pages The Social Role of Women in the Iron Age Jarod Bleibdrey, M.
By sleeping with Desdemona, he believes that they will then be equal. There is the utmost respect for her, being a beautiful, graceful womyn, but these feelings mostly come from the male characters desire to have her. It wasn't till the end of the story when she realized that her mistress was dead, her own folly in loving her husband and seeking his approval. For example, the overall role of women in our society is mainly two different things to clean the house, take care of the kids, and to be used as a sex tool'. Cassio, as it turns out, survives the attack. Childbirth, Family, Husband 1401 Words 5 Pages The Role of Women in a Family:Then and Now Conservatives believe that the traditional family is the basic building block of society's institutions; it weaves the very fabric of cultural values. This tragedy touches on different aspects such as jealousy, revenge, and manipulation.
It is perhaps ironic that the actions of Iago and Othello in this play confirm her arguments. Desdemona, Gender role, Husband 932 Words 3 Pages Changing roles of men and women adapting to changes in work and family life in Australia. Iago's vivid and crude description of the lovemaking between a black man and a white woman is meant to scare Brabantio into thinking that Desdemona's lamb-like purity and whiteness are being contaminated and compromised by her sexual relationship with a black man. This is not to say, however, that women in Othello do not exhibit any signs of wielding power. Perhaps he wants us to pity Desdemona, who is brutally murdered for something she did not do. Today, I am going to define the way women are viewed in the Judaism culture as well as how. After this scene, Bianca is not seen again until Cassio is hurt, and she is cast aside by the men in this scene as a 'whore.
As we go through Othello we find that the women characters are presented according to this expectation of the Elizabethan society. Years back in the 15, 16 century women were more behind than men, the society was male dominating and the main purpose of women was to serve their men. She idolizes Cassio and sees to his needs. Iago's looking to stir up trouble for Othello when he awakens Brabantio with the news that Othello has eloped with Desdemona. Sax highlights the ever-present concerns of racism, and the poor treatment of women while focusing on the professional aspect of jealousy, therefore providing the audience with a deeper understanding of these ideas and a greater appreciation for the original play. Often times the role of women is not as clear cut as that of man causing a lot of room for interpretation. Roles can be defined as the characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.