Othello’s jealous spirit drives him to murder his wife; he cannot stop his obsession with the alleged affair until she is harmed (“Othello.” Shakespeare for Students 663). Othello even rationalizes murdering his wife as justice for her betrayal. He
Women would be paid money to sleep with men — married or not. This was viewed as illegal fornication by the church, and was thus considered a sin to the religion. However, the church later corrected their words to a paradoxical lesser sin, or necessary sin. In 1458, the Grand Council of Venice declared that prostitution was absolutely indispensable to the world.” Although the medieval society was vehemently against men having sexual encounters with other women than their significant others, most acknowledged that prostitution served as a protection to prevent respectable townswomen (middle, upper class women) from getting sexually harassed, abused, or raped. The church emphasized on the fact that prostitution was morally wrong, therefore, to reinforce the law, prostitutes were require to wear a type of distinctive clothing to set them apart from ‘decent’ women and to avoid confusion if one got mixed up.
The early 1900s was an era when homosexuality was denounced socially, as it was unlawful for majority of the world including the United States of America. Authors were cautious when discussing themes of homosexuality that did not conform with public opinion. Scott Fitzgerald’s wit and cleverness, were instrumental in showcasing the underlying theme of homosexuality without certifying it. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, protagonist Nick Carraway consistently possesses characteristics of a homosexual, through his adoration of Jay Gatsby, homosexual encounters and his apathy towards females. The Great Gatsby, is told in a first person perspective, through the persona of Nick Carraway.
Polonius goes on to add that Ophelia’s action in choosing and make her own choice will cause her to bring shame and embarrassment, resulting in him being a “laughing-stock.” This would state male figures in Hamlet sought women as an object that would bring shame to them in public eyes if they spoke for themselves. Polonius is exposed as a man that only sees women as sex object along with every other man, as Hamlet states, “He‟s for a jig or a tale of bawdry, or he sleeps,”(Hamlet 113) this mean that Polonius only like the sex scenes or dances in a play and would rather only sleep through the rest. As a result, hamlet not only exposes Polonius as a man that enjoys women as sex objects, but also referring to the thought of all men when they see women, seeing how Hamlet came up with the thought. The male characters in Hamlet create a patriarchic
The concept of homosexuality was looked down upon because it was interpreted as sexual pleasure, rather than procreation. Heterosexuality was viewed in the same light, but not as much since most married couples consist of a male and female figure. People were used to understanding the idea of sex in the terms of sexual reproduction, so when people found out that sex can be used for sexual pleasure, they may have been uncomfortable with that fact of a society that moving from traditional family structures to a more modernized society. In the Victorian Gothic Era, homosexuality as well as
Together, Iago and Roderigo plotted to destroy Cassio’s image and reputation as well as Desdemona’s marriage. As Iago began setting Cassio up, he began to develop feelings of his own for Desdemona. Iago and Roderigo’s actions resulted in numerous deaths throughout the play. First Iago stabs and kills Roderigo. Then, Othello’s jealousy leads him to smother Desdemona because she was “false with Cassio” (Shakespeare 767).
However his homosexuality also played a key role in his state of exile, much like the African Americans the homosexual of this time was an outsider and thrown into a state of less than personhood (Gaines 177). This time period and this exile, is abhorrent but also a great catalyst for art and creation. Inspiration is born from frustration, at a society, at a culture, at the rejection of ones identity in the face of a
In conclusion, William Shakespeare presents the theme of power in both Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra and discusses the impact of sexuality has on power dynamics in the plays. We learn as readers that in both plays, power can be dangerous and damage those who become accustomed to using it – and more often than less, they abuse the virtue. Power can lead to greed and disillusion those who become vindictive enough to try and control it. However, what many of the characters fail to recognise in both Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra is, you cannot control power, it
Death occurs for both the Montague and Capulet families. Mercutio’s death occurs from a battle with Tybalt. Which than leads to Tybalt’s death by Romeo. This results in the banishment of Romeo. Separating the two lovers, Juliet goes to desperate measures and takes a concoction, making her seem dead.
In William Shakespeare’s “Othello” (1603) and Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” (1980), both the main protagonists and antagonists, Othello and Iago in “Othello” and Mozart and Salieri in “Amadeus”, of their respective texts are portrayed as outsiders. Othello is alienated because of his race, Iago doesn’t allow himself to tell the truth to anybody, Mozart is looked down on for his arrogance and Salieri feels as if God is punishing him. The common theme between the two texts, as well as outsiders, is jealousy, this is the main cause that influences the antagonists to manipulate the protagonists. The main areas where the characters are considered to be outsiders are with their family, nationality, religion, class division, personality and their work positions. The isolation that each of the characters experience from the rest of
Society of Tennessee Williams’ time saw sexuality as a part of ourselves that should be suppressed because of it’s destructive nature. Throughout A Streetcar Named Desire Williams showcases his characters in this anti-sex society. He shows them in this society, not to praise it, but instead to highlight the negative effects of existing in such a world. Through the actions and consequences his characters face in conforming to societies’ standards Williams manages to communicate a story that condemns society for keeping people from expressing their sexuality and from being stable, whole and sexual human beings. Expressing sexuality or sexual desires leads the play 's characters to death or to ruin, the suppression of desire is destructive and