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Examine The Way In Which Shakespeare Presents Women In "Othello".

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Introduction

Examine 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. There are strong women and weak women alike throughout the plays. In "The Merchant Of Venice" for instance, Portia dresses as a man and pretends to be a lawyer, she wins the case she is fighting for and is one of the rare occasions were a Shakespeare play finishes happily. ...read more.

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All die, so it still shows that Shakespeare believed that woman should know their place in society. The first of the three women in "Othello" I am going to look at is Bianca. Bianca is a prostitute. She is Cassio's plaything; he doesn't really care much for her and only really makes contact with her for sex. Bianca has only a small part in the play; her first line isn't until Act 3 Scene 3 where she has confronted Cassio about his ignorance of her. Cassio gives her the hankachive that he has found in his chamber; it is Othello's who has given it to Desdemona. Bianca thinks that Cassio has been cheating on her, and that the handkerchief is his new lovers, Cassio assures her he knows not of the handkerchiefs origin and tells her to get a copy made. ...read more.

Conclusion

The language that Bianca uses is not really that of a prostitute, she is very concerned for Cassio's love. Emila is Iago's wife she is the strong woman character of the play she still though does what Iago asks of her. She takes Desdemona's handkerchief for Iago. "I am glad I have found this napkin. This was her first remembrance from the Moor. My wayward husband hath a hundred times wooed me to steal it...I'll have the work ta'en out" This shows that she wants to please her husband but is unsure of his reasons for wanting the hankcerchief and possibly things he's up to something "My wayward husband..." It also shows she loves Desdemona. She takes the handkerchief but she knows that she must replace it as it is a gift from the Moor. ...read more.

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