This is because she is the smartest woman character, but nonetheless men still seem to find a way to treat her poorly. Due to this, Cassio has no problem making fun of Bianca behind her back when she leaves, and then wooing her when she returns again. Here he admires and idealises her white skin, highlighting the beauty ideal of the renaissance: pale and glistening like alabaster. Shakespeare presents Desdemona, Emilia , and Bianca as women in the Elizabethan time where they were judged based on their class, mortality, and intelligence. Throughout the play there is only three main female characters, compared with scores of male characters. The women in Othello are treated in a disrespectful way.
Women were viewed merely as possessions. Throughout the play, Emilia is beaten down by Iago, as a result of the gender inequality of the time and her low status as a woman. Bianca knows she deserves much better than the way Cassio treats her and this is prove when she leaves him. Othello is a black army general in the service of the Venetian government. Emilia acts similarly when she defies her husband in the final Act of the play. Each of these women are seen as whores in one way or another; Bianca is directly known as a whore or a prostitute, Iago convinces himself and Othello that Desdemona is a whore, and although it is portrayed less, Iago is convinced that Othello took his wife, Emilia, to bed as well.
Emilia also indicates that she is aware of her proper role in society. In order to make this comparison, one must first examine the way that the characters of Bianca, Emelia, and Desdemona are treated. Before Emilia here, I give thee warrant of thy place. As, per conception of the people women are created as a companion for men or vice-versa. Dominating the antagonist is another type of jealousy toward Cassio, and hatred toward the general.
In this scene she keeps her words not knowing that the significance of giving the handkerchief to Iago. Emilia is consistently emotionally and verbally abused by Iago and at times Othello. The rules that applied to women concerned their conduct in a variety of situations: they should not go anywhere unescorted this is particularly true for elite women like Desdemona in Renaissance Venice ; they should not wear sexually provocative clothing or makeup; they should not speak very often, and certainly not about matters of state or important issues that only men would be able to discuss; they should remain chaste, keeping their virginity intact until marriage; and they should obey their husbands and fathers in all things. You are my lord of all my duty; I am hitherto your daughter. Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself? All three women love Desdemona is of the higher class and is depicted as a fair, pure and respected woman who makes her own decisions. Othello also labelling Desdemona as a whore and Bianca the same thus one can say that the patriarch ideology dominates Elizabethen world for the use of language by men quickly remind us how powerful and cunning men are in the society.
He thinks all women are whores and wenches. Therefore, we can summarize that William Shakespeare portrayed women in a stereotypical role as the source of being honest and as powerful as men in the world of males in which they have to face their harsh time and he has also shows the role of the women in the particular society. Cyprus is used as an example of a place without proper control in place; the Venetians need to subdue it. Even the audience knows that she has not stolen the handkerchief, she just pick it up and bring it to her husband as he had ask for her to steel it. And doth affection breed it? Desdemona is the object of Othello's jealousy, which is planted in his mind by Iago's deception. What might Shakespeare be trying to say in this play about women in his time? In play Othello identity is a topic that appears throughout the play. This persona is so strongly represented in Othello and creates the underlining storyline.
Society then, Society now The treatment of women then compared to know seems absurd. Emilia slowly begins to support her mistress and becomes far from husband and the moment after Othello strikes Desdemona, Emilia speaks of her mind, What is that they do When they change us for others? Desdemona has already surrendered her wishes to that of Othello and gets carried around behind him. ? From Desdemona to Emilia and Bianca all are portrayed as puppets in the hands of men. To the felt absence now I feel a cause. This was a time of strict social hierarchies and stringent rules about how women should behave in the home and in public. As the play goes on Othello kills Desdemona and when Emilia is going to reveal the truth she is threaten by Iago to go to home but she disobey him, Good gentlemen, let me have leave to speak. Let us look closely at the concept of jealousy as it is revealed in this drama.
He is rude and speaks down to all female characters. Using effective uses of dramatic irony, imagery and language Shakespeare explores the nature of jealousy, prejudice and evil. Desdemona Emilia Emilia can be considered the strongest women in the play, even in all of Shakespeare's works. I have a thing for you. Brabantio and also Othello are paramount in the? Meanwhile, Othello only presents us with three female characters — Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca. He is controlling, aggressive and disrespectful to his wife. They are not even expected to defend themselves, but at times they do speak up.
So, Shakespeare has portrays Emilia as one of the strong character in the play that he mentioned through Emilia that women should not rely on men instead they should be more independent, strong and bold. Lastly, the character Bianca is obedient character in which she falls for Cassio. As the play moves along he is corrupted by jealously. Though it was the matter of her life and death but also without caring about it she reveals the truth and do a great favor to Desdemona, so that Othello can realizes his mistake and the love of Desdemona towards him. With this character Shakespeare shows that the lower class women know they deserve better but they lack the power to be heard because they are considered as nobodies. Act 2, Sc 1, 114. Othello jumps to rash decisions and uses the once again notion throughout the play that women are meaningless and powerless.
Secondly, Emilia is the clever and is loyal woman in this play and has shown her responsibility towards her husband and her mistress. However this is seen differently in the eye's of the society. Furthermore, she also ask him to take care of her even after her death to the Moor which establish how much she love, respect him. The portrayal of female suffering in Othello is a bold display of how marginalised and how low they are made to be on the social ranking. This entry was posted in and tagged , , , , , , by. The victimisation of woman is also very clearly seen through what Desdemona utters in Scene three.