Othello is explaining that he did not fully understand the situation when he smothered Desdemona, and is truly sorry for his actions. Because Othello did not think, he decided to kill his true love and permanently ruins his reputation. This awful decision, along with the others,
Emilia knows that Othello believes that Desdemona has cheated on him with Cassio, but the interesting factor is that Emilia knows that is not true as she arguably knows Desdemona the most out of all the characters. Desdemona's isolation prior to her death is “ attributable to the onlookers' nonintervention” (Vanita 343). Emilia was aware of the abuse that Othello put upon Desdemona even though she knew the accusations against her were false “For if she be not honest, chaste and true,/ There’s no man happy; the purest of their wives/ Is foul slander” (Shakespeare 4.2.18-20) but still leaves Desdemona in isolation with Othello, even though she was aware of what he believed. When Othello confronts Desdemona with the claims of cheating Othello commands Emilia to “Leave Procreants alone and shut the door;/ Cough or cry “hem”
Then, Othello’s jealousy leads him to smother Desdemona because she was “false with Cassio” (Shakespeare 767). After Emilia outed Iago, he pierced her with a knife, killing her. Lastly, Othello knifed himself. All of these deaths occurred because two men were desirous of things other people had. These acts exhibit the abominable effects jealousy can have on people’s
This also demonstrated the different levels of self control and intellect between Emilia and Othello. Although Emilia was not left without emotions upon hearing the accusations, she did not let her emotions overwhelm her in any measurable way. Emilia recognized that men are threatened by strong females, she theorized that this is the reason men target weak females: “is’t frailty that thus errs”(IV.3.95). Desdemona recognized that she has some power over Othello early on in the play when Cassio asked her to convince Othello that he has only, “love and service”(III.3.18). She explained to Cassio: “If I do vow a friendship, I’ll perform it to the last article; my lord shall never rest; I’ll watch him tame, and talk him out of patience”(III.3.21-23).
Othello is then poisoned by jealousy by his ensign, Iago, and plans to kill the love of his life, Desdemona, because of outlandish claims. After he is confronted with the truth, it is too late, he takes his own life out of grief of killing his own wife. Although this play was made centuries
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.
She even admits that she may end up dead, but that it won’t affect her love and trust in Othello. Even up until she dies, Desdemona believes in her husband, referring to him as “my kind lord” and refusing to blame him for her death. While her death can’t be blamed directly on her confidence, if Desdemona had been more doubtful towards Othello, she may have been able to escape before he killed
She is Iago’s wife and a worldly woman who plays a submissive role at the beginning of the play. Despite the villainous behaviour of her husband, she always obeys him and makes the mistake to give him Desdemona’s handkerchief. As we can see in Shakespeare’s play in Act III, scene iii, lines 294-303, Emilia’s speech makes clear her total submission to Iago. This act will provide him with the necessary prove to incriminate Cassio and to plunge Desdemona into misery. However, as the play is moving towards the end, Emilia, aware of her husband morbid plan, raises her voice and rebels against the strong patriarchal power of the Elizabethan society.
Vulnerability is found at the core of relationships. While with another person, one finds intensified happiness, sadness, and even jealousy. In the beginning of the play Othello by William Shakespeare, Desdemona and Othello sneak off to get married. Othello is black and high ranked in the military while Desdemona is a beautiful girl who’s father does not approve. Because of the color of his skin and other factors Othello seems to be really self conscious of himself.