Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

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WOMEN’S ROLE IN SOCIETY:
DISECTING THE MISOGONY IN SHAKESPEARE’S OTHELLO
Judging Othello from a self-proclaimed feminist Audre Lorde’s perspective allows the reader to see the double standards women faced in the Elizabethan society. Today our society assigns gender roles to children from birth. From the baby dolls needing care and EZ Bake Oven toys, little girls are encouraged at an early onset to lead domesticated lives. Boys on the other hand, are given cars and action figures that can take rough-housing because this is considered the type of behavior that was expected of them. Although gender roles are still a part of our society, we have made great progress from where our society was hundreds of years ago.
Elizabethan era gender roles were established early on and were made clear. Having little to no control over their destiny, it was normally a father’s responsibility (or another male figure) to decide when and to whom his daughter would marry. A woman’s place was at home taking care of the family. To reinforce this, as children women were trained in the ways of home life so when they finally married they would know their role.
Shakespeare’s Othello illustrates Lorde’s argument that women are among the group of people Western history has conditioned to view their differences as binary opposites: “dominant/subordinate, good/bad, up/down, superior/inferior” (Lorde 845) where men are considered to be “dominant/superior” and women the subordinate/inferior. Through an…
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