Misogyny In Othello

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Gender and Othello

1.Misogyny of men
2 gender roles, particularly of women


Miso (to hate)
Gyne (women)
Hatred of women a cultural attitude of hatred for females because they are females according to sociologist Allan G. Johnson, "misogyny

Misogynistic smashers: Iago Othello Cassio Roderigo Barbantio

Females Fury Desdemona Emilia Bianca Othello appears to be kindhearted towards women
But he later degrades Desdemona fervently both in private and in public.

Desdemona frequently exhibits her own free will and independence. She holds power over his husband Othello and tries to use it to pardon Cassio

Emilia submits to her husband’s desires, but Eventually she rebels.
It is Emilia who Reveals the truth of Iago’s treachery. …show more content…

Most male characters assume that Venetian women are inherently promiscuous even if there's no concrete evidence to support such ideas.

Two contrasting images of womanhood in Othello

The virtuous and loyal woman embodied by Desdemona or Madonna (the whore) embodied, to a certain extent by Bianca.

men are placed as the active and primary initiator of sexual exertions.

Women who attempt to or do initiate sexual contact are often labelled in derogatory terms, or are labelled in these terms if their actions or opinions do not meet the social conditioning that is befitted females.

Instances that Desdemona and Emilia challenge the stereotypes made by their husbands.

An example of this is in act 5 scene 2, when Emilia screams “I will not charm my tongue. I am bound to speak” (Othello 251).
This statement made by Emilia symbolizes not only the heat of the moment, but the underlying concern of having rights and being able to voice her opinions.

Desdemona defends herself and her actions by stating “I never did offend you in my life, never loved Cassio but with such general warranty of heaven as I might love. I never gave him token” (Othello

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