Summary Of Gender Roles In Othello

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The thesis of this article argues the demands for both males and females uncover gender expectations and roles, mainly in Othello. These ideas are present when Pechter states how the, "play is preoccupied with questions of gender difference, the expectations of men and women for themselves and about each other" (2). Pechter points out how in Othello the beliefs and assumptions are not easily encoded. One example that Pechter uses describes how, "too much womanly presence interferes with the appropriate effects (laughter instead of tears, pathos instead of fear); it demands restriction , if not elimination." (114). Othello 's actions are restricted when in the presence of his wife, Desdemona and her friend Emilia. Desdemona 's character is

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