Of Male Characters In Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, And Macbeth

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As a playwright, William Shakespeare has formed male characters to be able to justify radical acts of violence because they are specifically male. These behaviors are often then reinforced by other characters by putting the blame of the male’s actions on another. Female characters in particular are a juxtaposition of the male role of being reckless, by saying essentially that they are unable to do such things because they are not men. Examples of these instances are in the plays Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and Macbeth. A parallel scene to this is in Othello. Othello kills Desdemona because he believes that she was unfaithful to him in scene five. Initially Othello was going to be executed because it was unknown that he thought Desdemona was disloyal and it was thought that Othello killed out of hatred. Lodovico talks to Othello, and learns that Iago had tricked Othello into this. Lodovico does give Othello the consequence of imprisonment, but this shows that he does not believe that Othello should suffer the full repercussions of what he has done because he was tricked, and thought that Desdemona was unfaithful. Even if one is deceived to believe such a thing had happen, it does not justify killing another. With Lodovico’s response, it is verified that he believes that a natural reaction would be to do so. The two women were faced with death because of infidelity. The reasoning behind both actions taken by the male characters were because it is out of honor.

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