Male Female Relationships In Othello

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1. Consider one of the male-female relationships in Othello (Othello and Desdemona; Iago and Emilia; and Cassio and Bianca). Do they love or hate one another, or, is it both? How are the women treated in each relationship? Explain. Considering Iago and Emilia, their relationship are forced and detached. They lack mutual devotion towards each other, and the love seem one sided. lago treats Emilia as a tool and only approaches her when he can make use of her. He shows his inability of desiring or loving her by constantly mocking, affronting and neglecting Emila. However, she seems to love lago kindly with a passionate devotion, thus she is desperate to gratify him and accommodate his wishes. Her sole aspiration is to impress and please him. "Heaven knows, not I; I nothing but to please his fantasy." she said as she theif on Desdemona’s handkerchief. This great love, which is a redeeming trait in her personality and morality. Despite of her affection, she eventually recognizes Iago’s disinterest towards her and inequality in their marriage. “But I do think it is their husbands ' faults, If wives do…show more content…
Her loyalty to him seems forced and compulsory with her desperation of pleasing him. She obeyed his instruction on stealing Desdemona 's handkerchief with the hopes of Iago’s admiration. She told her, "Who would not make her husband a cuckold to make him a monarch?”. It is clear that she wants to gratify Iago. However, despite of her submissiveness, she remains discrete from him intellectually. As the play progresses, she recognizes Iago’s disinterest and neglect towards her, and made a comment about the role of husbands and wife. Unlike Desdemona’s unconditional love, her loyalty to Iago has an extent and consist of comprehensible moral boundaries. Therefore, she choose to reveals Iago’s manipulation and truth at the end of the play as a retribution to her betrayal towards
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