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Feminist perspective on Othello.

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Feminist perspective on Othello: The play "Othello" contains an undercurrent of issues to deal with relationships, jealousy, power and most of all loyalty. Although from a feminist perspective a whole different reading can be interpreted from the play. This is expressed though the context of the time, the very much "stereotyped" female characters, and the morals and ethics of the male characters on the "woman" and her place or position in general. The Shakespearian era of the 16th century was a time where Elizabethans were enchanted by expeditions of the Africans lands, and travelling around the world, although from a female perspective, the Elizabethan England was very much idealised about their beliefs on woman. ...read more.


Emilia is the intuitive character who seems to have the insights into the issues between man and woman. She is practical in her understanding of the world and issues around her, and has all the insights that Desdemona does not have. Her experience and realism acts as a contrast against Desdemona's idealistic views of the world. The minor role of Bianca also adds as a contrast towards both Desdemona and Emilia. She is the "whore" of society, and her character is dehumanised through being Cassio's call woman. She truly loves Cassio but because of her status in society, none of the characters in the play take her seriously. The sub-relationships in the play, both Iago and Emilia, and Cassio and Bianca also give insights into the reality of woman in society. ...read more.


Othello's jealousy over Desdemona drives him to her downfall, and the death of the innocent perfection of "woman". After her death, almost like a curse, all the events that continue have a tragic end. Emilia's death is due to her husbands evil- plotting to get him out of hie ill-fated end that is inevitable. She stands up to the authority of the men in the play after the death of Desdemona, and because of it is murdered by her husband, which he seems is justified because she was unfaithful to him. In conclusion the play "Othello" has many underlying issues to deal with woman. The view and context of the Shakespearian era, the stereotyped characters of woman especially Desdemona and Bianca, and the relationships of the play, that add to the intensity of the relationship between Othello and Desdemona. ...read more.

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