Theme Of Women In Othello

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Over 400 years ago, Shakespeare was able to recognize the hardships women faced and allocated roles to exhibit them in a negative light. The sixteenth century tragedy, Othello, written by William Shakespeare, dwells a love story adulterated by multiple abhorrent lies. The main characters consist of: Othello, the tragic hero and main protagonist. He is the general of the Venetian army, and a moor. Next, Othello’s secret wife, Desdemona, a naive white Venetian noblewoman. Othello’s flag bearer in the war, Iago, is the main antagonist in the play. Iago’s wife, Emilia is witty and intelligent, she also is Desdemona’s attendant in Cyprus. Othello’s young lieutenant, Cassio has a close friendship with Desdemona. Next, Bianca, a prostitute who is fond of Cassio. Brabantio, Desdemona’s father and a Venetian senator. Lastly, Iago’s sidekick Roderigo. Roderigo, Othello’s enemy, who is in love with Desdemona, and is willing to do anything to get her hand in marriage. In addition, the conflicts are the secret marriage and Iago’s devious lies. Furthermore, Shakespeare utilizes only three women in the play; Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca. These women contrast in terms of class, values, motivations, and freedoms. However, these women also share extremely similar qualities that Shakespeare uses to reveal his views on women and marriage. Indeed, the motif of the handkerchief reveals a woman’s fidelity. Because Shakespeare only uses three women in the play, it is certain that each women

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