In Shakespeare's Othello women are often claimed to be deceptive, conniving, and just down right devious in the eyes of men, but in we also see the other side of the coin. Desdemona is a great example of how women behaved in Othello. Desdemona is often acquiescent, and quiet. She doesn't object to Othello's claims at the end, she submits and allows him to kill her, and blames herself for it. The rage and jealousy in Othello's heart lead him down the path of destruction.
Finding one’s identity is a necessary part of life. Before one can know where he/she belongs, one must know who he/she is. Though this sounds simple, finding one’s identity is not an easy task. In many cases, someone may have an obstacle blocking him/her from truly finding his/her identity. But, in the end, everyone hopefully has figured out who they really are.
Both characters show a level of obliviousness of the plots in play around them. Desdemona is neglectful of Iago's trap when she permits herself to be seen with Cassio as Iago uncovers the sight to attentive Othello; at the same time, Desdemona says of Iago, "I never knew/ A Florentine more kind and legit. " However, while Emilia is unconscious of the damage she got to be included in when Iago requested she give him Desdemona's cloth, she is befuddled by Othello's suspicions and says, "If any villain has placed this in your mind,/Let paradise compensate it with the serpent's condemnation!"
Women’s roles in society of the modern era have the potential to greatly vary due to factors such as political beliefs, religious assertions, filial status, and much more; this was rarely the case in times of yore. In Robert Fitzgerald’s translation of Homer’s The Odyssey, a hero, Odysseus, journeys for twenty years. His crime was showing disrespect to the gods of Olympus, and his travels were the punishment for his insolence. After he has paid repentance for his wrongdoing, Odysseus is finally able to return to his home of Ithaca to see his wife, Penelope, and Telemachus, his son, once more.
Arparish Royal Mrs. Goddard English ll 19 November, 2015 "Character Analysis Outline" A person will only take so much abuse from someone before they have had enough and decide to stand for what they believe. Emilia is first woman in William Shakespeare's Othello to become independent of Iago's leash and show how a woman of her time can ignore the gender roles in place, to protect someone she cares about. During the time period Othello is set in, women are view as property and the lesser to men. Even now in today's society some believe women are second to men.
Behind the Scene with Desdemona While people believe Desdemona can be portrayed in a variety of ways from a rash young woman to an independent, free-thinking woman who stands out for the time-period, I cannot wrap my head around her being anything less than a intensely independent, strong character. The film version of Othello inspired me to portray Desdemona as a strong woman with undying loyalty to her husband. Considering the film adaptation paired with the original storyline, I envision Desdemona as a fiercely strong female character. While I did not completely agree with the portrayal of Desdemona in the film, I felt it was a good foundation to start my own interpretation.
The Emalia-Desdemona relationship is an interesting and complicated one. At first glance, it might seem that Emalia serves as the jaded foil to Desdemona’s innocent naivety about love. However, a closer, sympathetic look at Emalia shows she has plenty of reasons to be as hardened as she has become. The role of Iago’s wife can’t be an easy one, and he is usually too concerned with revenge to pay much attention to her. He’s arguably one of the cruelest Shakespearean villains, and Emalia is just trying to survive unscathed.
Juliet and Desdemona as victims or heroines William Shakespeare’s female characters were created as submissive, weak woman who are victimised by the people around them, especially the men. Desdemona was smothered to death with a pillow by her own husband, Othello, because he thought she was cheating on him. Juliet was seen as weak because she killed herself in order to be with Romeo. Ann-Marie MacDonald plays on this and turns the characters around by making them strong feminist women with feelings but with faults as well. She recreated Desdemona to be a strong woman who would stand up for her self.
While Desdemona is a remarkably strong character, Emilia also displays independence unmatched by any other female in Othello, and there are multiple details of Shakespeare and his time that may have prompted such a portrayal. In Elizabethan England, many women worked behind the scenes of productions, like Shakespeare’s, as uncredited authors and editors (Crowley). Due to their anonymity, nobody can be sure that women were involved in Shakespeare’s plays nor Othello in particular, but there is a genuine possibility that female writers did have leverage. This may have had to do with how Emilia was portrayed as resilient from the time of Desdemona’s death all the way until her own, standing up for herself regardless of the ridicule it caused her (Iyasere). In fact, it even killed her in the end.
Role of women in The Merchant of Venice Women during 16th century had no individual freedom. Despite the fact that a single woman ruled England at the time of Shakespeare, the Elizabethan society was patriarchal. Women were considered the weaker gender and always in need of being protected. Wealthy woman were highly educated but they had no right to have professions while poor women sometimes would turn to prostitution or become servants to survive. The book The Merchant of Venice was settled in Venice because Shakespeare wanted to show that even in the foundation place of Renaissance were prejudicial ideas and woman was considered as a weak character.