Othello Possessions

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Nothing More Than a Possession William Shakespeare constantly filled his plays with cultural and mythological references that engulfed viewers in the story. He was well educated and progressive for his time; however he still had a few downfalls. His main one was that he often portrayed women as objects. Take Othello, for example; Desdemona is rarely seen as a person and often referred to as an object. Thus Shakespeare portrays women as mere possessions and deprives them of their humanity.

In the very beginning of the play when Othello is moving to Cyprus he talks to Iago, referring to him as an honest man clearly indicating that he is capable of viewing humans as humans. Then he immediately talks about his wife as an object stating “To …show more content…

Upon initially reading these lines one might think that Othello loves his wife as he clearly states “my dear love”, however this is not the case. The latter half of the lines show that Othello has “purchased” her and that she must fulfill his desires. This shows that even the act of marriage, often seen as an act of love, is nothing more than the acquisition of an object, as shown through Othello stating “The purchase has been made” (II.iii.9). Othello then wants to get his worth out of his purchase and expects her to fulfill his sexual desires as he states that “the fruits are to ensue” (II.iii.9). These lines show that Othello views his wife not as a lover but as a possession, as a purchase and thus dehumanizes …show more content…

Othello refers to Desdemona as a commodity in need of guarding and transport. The Duke calls Desdemona an object that is to be used by Othello for pleasure. Othello continues this trend by referring to his marriage a purchase of an object, Desdemona, and only seeks to get use out of said object by using it to fulfill his sexual desires. Iago doesn’t take into account either of Desdemona’s or Emilia’s feelings when plotting against Othello and even goes as far as talking about each wife as if they were a toy. Throughout the entire play Shakespeare constantly shows that women aren’t people but objects

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