Shakespeare's Othello is set during the Renaissance period and therefore the roles of the women in Othello are supposedly bounded by the period when women are considered to be of low intellect. In Othello, most male characters assume that women are inherently promiscuous, which explains why all three women characters in the play are accused of sexual infidelity. Yet Shakespeare develops the women to speak the most sense throughout the play and able to trust other characters in the play. To the men in Othello, female sexuality is a threatening force more than it is an attractive one. Shakespeare cheapens Othello by lowering his standard with impertinent language.
In the beginning of the play, Shakespeare refers to their hatred towards each other as an “ancient grudge.” Because the Montagues and Capulets have such a hate for each other, the characters from each side but heads a lot, especially Benvolio and Tybalt. To this day no one really knows why the Capulets and Montagues have such grudges toward each other. In Romeo and Juliet, we meet a character named Benvolio. He is the nephew of Lord Capulet and the cousin of Romeo. Benvolio was always there for Romeo and even helped him get over Rosaline by telling him to “Examine other beauties.” Benvolio is a very
In their relationship, Juliet is more dominant, and Romeo is more submissive. These attributes are commonly associated with the opposite gender, and Shakespeare uses this exchange of traits to accentuate the irregularity of the situation being represented. The more dramatic features, though, are Romeo’s, and Shakespeare shows how difficult it is for him not to fit in the box of “being a man”. When Tybalt came to kill Romeo, Mercutio interfered, and it ended up costing him his life. Due to the death of his close friend, Romeo grew enraged and decided to “be a man” and get revenge on Tybalt.
In the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth relationship was very complex. Macbeth struggles with putting up with Lady Macbeth, making it seem like the woman in the relationship is superior to the man. In the text, it talked about how Lady Macbeth says “unsex me here” (Thomas 84) to have the feminized traits of pity and sympathy and bodily signs of motherhood removed to give her the power of a man to take over in the relationship. This shows that men are superior to women when it comes to the relationship. More evidence of this is when Lady Macbeth said: “ Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I would have done it” (Mac.
While Shakespeare's Othello is full of deceitful acts of immorality, Iago is behind each one of them. Iago’s, deceptions make Othello believe that his wife is cheating on him with Cassio. Through many remarks Iago is able to force images of sexual relations in Othello's mind. These images and the rage that the images bring soon lead to the hatred of both Othello and Iago. Iago is motivated by his need for revenge and his hatred that he has for Othello.
Another idea that’s incorporated by both Shakespeare and Fears’ is the key concept of manipulation. Manipulation is very important in both texts as it is seen throughout both texts how damaging manipulation is. Shakespeare uses manipulative characters that manipulate those who are blind to achieve what they want. Manipulation is at the center of King Lear where in one the opening scenes, Lear asks his daughters, “Which of you shall we doth love us most?”, Lear’s two eldest, Goneril and Regan reply to King Lear saying “more than word can wield the matter” manipulating Lear and his egotistical nature. Additionally Regan and Goneril’s manipulation of Lear lead to Cordelia being stripped of her rightful Kingdom and the downfall of Lear, who without
The meaning of a shrew is a bad and aggressive woman who’s not very ladylike. So the meaning of this play is to tame or gain control of a woman which shows the way women were viewed in this time period. The Taming ofthe Shrew was written by William Shakespeare was written in 1590-1592, and in this time period women were viewed as men’s lower part, and almost as property to men. In Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, men give women a stereotype of how all wives should be Shakespeare uses character development to show the gender gap between men and women. In Taming ofthe Shrew the play starts off by introducing two sisters Bianca, and Katherine.
Hamlet and Ophelia “This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once… I loved you not” (3.1.114,119). Confusion clouds the audience’s judgement reading this quote from Hamlet. His paradox insinuates that he is insane and truly did not love her. Contrary to belief though, this quote was a way to set his “mousetrap” and force her to be in the background of his grand scheme.
In Othello, Shakespeare intentionally made emotion a major flaw because it causes the characters to be easily manipulated and may cause the character to lose rational. Shakespeare did this to show strong of an emotion jealously is. Because of jealousy Iago is able to manipulate every character he talks to, whether they were minor like Brabantio, the father of Desdemona, or a major character like Othello, the Moor, the General, and supposedly Hero. If it weren’t for the jealously then the ending of Othello wouldn’t be so tragic. Othello’s jealously overcame Othello’s love, which made him blind to the truth.
As Isabel Allende said “A man does what he can; a woman does what a man cannot.” In previous societies, the thought of a woman acquiring power is considered as a joke. Women are viewed as innocent caregivers serving for the needs of a man. William Shakespeare wrote a controversial play involving a strong woman role. A dominate woman role was unheard of in the Elizabethan time period and broke the stereotypical view of what a woman is. Through the use of negative imagery and diction in Macbeth, William Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth as dominate and apathetic.