Iago and Desdemona are stark contrasts to one another, acting as opposing forces in Emilia’s life. Iago consistently lies in order to further his own agenda and manipulates many of the characters in the play. Iago’s hatred for Othello motivates him and Othello compares him to the “devil” (5.2.337). On the other hand, Desdemona’s love for Othello motivates her to leave her father, Brabantio, and marry Othello. Desdemona remains honest and faithful to Othello throughout the play and Emilia calls her an “angel” (5.2.161).
310-311). But Iago’s plan works and he makes Othello love, thank, and reward him, even though it is all due to lies. Othello’s future actions are dictated by these lies and tragically lead to Othello and Desdemona’s demise. William Shakespeare demonstrates the human aspects of vengeance and hatred through his use of dramatic irony and conflict in the tale of Othello. Throughout the play it is obvious that Iago is deceiving Othello into thinking that his wife is unfaithful.
It will not come as a surprise that women in Shakespeare’s time lived under stringent social hierarchies that put them on the lowest levels of these hierarchies. They were expected to conform to all social norms, and to obey all societal rules especially in their public life. Men were supposed to be the leaders, both at home and in the public life, and women were expected to adhere to these patriarchal conditions, being obedient towards the male figurehead of the family in all times. Shakespeare’s play, Othello is one play that encourages the reader to challenge a women’s position in the society, by invoking attention at issues like private marriages, adultery, and the intersections between class and gender. However, it shows how women also internalize their submissive roles in this play through the character of Desdemona.
In Marshall Erikson, we see a dominant formation of postfeminist masculinity, which simultaneously merges traditional masculine value. His large physical build body structure and lawyer profession as well as his emotional softness, a caring nature, and domestication to his long time girlfriend and wife, Lily, give the viewers a conflicting construction of masculinity. However, the textual affirmation of his faithful marriage does not identify with traditional masculinity values. Franka Heise, in her article “‘I’m a Modern Bride’: On the Relationship between Marital Hegemony, Bridal Fictions, and Postfeminism” conveys the privileges of ‘marital hegemony’ in contemporary American culture which reinforces and legitimizes “heterosexuality as norm and monogamy as a social duty” and where marriage is “the most desirable and ultimately only legitimate form of intimate, heterosexual relationship” (Heise 1). Thus, Marshall from the beginning of the program is automatically claimed with hegemony control over both Ted and Barney.
Moreover, Shakespeare utilises the main antagonist, Iago, to portray how men are desperate to achieve what they want and to indirectly fulfil the stereotype of masculinity and power through manipulation. Throughout the play we observe Emilia’s character change, and how she suffered the consequence of challenging the system. Shakespeare’s Othello, utilises a range of dramatic techniques to showcase how women where portrayed during early modern England, as tools, chaste and naive. The antagonist, Iago takes this to advantage to manipulate his wife to unintentionally take a part in the moral dissembling of Othello. The idea where women were being victimised is presented when Iago utilises his power and authority to
Male authority is esteemed above all else because customs and beliefs fortify their supremacy. In Nervous Conditions Maiguru assesses the situations of independence as opposed to the capture of a submissive wife, and the former was defeated, while during the novel she expresses on attempting to halt the weight of subjugation, she decides in support of safety heedlessly of the suppression. I deem that what Dangarembga is attempting to clarify here is that the origins of patriarchy are too severely engrained that, regardless of schooling a female is nevertheless chained to her male equal as a financial support, along with the possibility of being excluded by the whole
These completely opposite women serve as foils for each other since the differences between them help highlight their individual persona. John Proctor represents the connection between these two women. Thus, he is Elizabeth’s husband but has an affair with Abigail. This fact immediately opens the reader’s eyes towards how one’s flaws or mistakes can reveal other person’s qualities and virtues. Both,
The play ensues with Loureen raising her voice to her beloved abusive husband, when she challenges his authority he vanishes. This is where the plots play takes flight as Loureen is left awestruck by his disappearance. She is left confused on the way forward; she does not know how to carry on with life without her husband while feelings of despair and resentment reside within her. She questions whether she is murderer or victim and is left puzzled while trying to piece together the fragments of her life now that she is rid of the monster and freed from his gripping claws. We see the typical symptoms of battered woman syndrome, being displayed by Loureen, as she goes back and forth between memories of her husband and trying to figure her way
Gender inequality concerns both women and men and has a strong impact on their daily lives. Traditionally gender equality rules have been considered to be mainly as a “women’s issue” – as women have been a driving force behind gender equality approaches and struggles. This view has contributed to the awareness that women are the only ones who will benefit from a more equally and advanced society. In reality, men also benefit from gender equality as they also face gender- specific matters, such as lower life probability, bad well-being, inferior education levels and rigid norms. “I have seen young men suffering from mental instability, unable to ask for help for fear it would make them look less ‘macho’” (Watson, E.
Stereotypically, if not saint, the woman must be deceitful, manipulative, dangerous for men and it is possible to interpret the Wife of Bath in this way. However some may say that she is a feminist heroine, expressing her feelings and desires openly, rebelling against the domination of men. This interpretation has some evidences, for example, she evokes arguments with her last husband over a book Valerie and Theofraste which contains a stories about the most untruthful wives in history. Frustrated Alisoun wants to destroy the book, she provokes Jankyn and in a result of the fight, she loses hearing in one ear. Nevertheless, her behaviour cause laugh rather than admiration for her attitude to life and marriage.