Relationships in Greek Mythology

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Relationships among man and woman Emilia and Iago Emilia's relationship with Iago has no trust or affection on either side. Her relationship with her husband is not directly exhibited, but is gradually shown throughout the story. In one of Iago's monologues he shows his distrust on his wife's fidelity and character. He assumes with no evident proof that his wife has been unfaithful to him. Throughout the play he shows no respect or affection towards his wife, and constantly attacks her and approaches her rudely. Emilia shows no more affection towards her husband then he does to her. In her talks with Desdemona she reveals pessimistic comments about men and her dissatisfaction with her relationship with her husband. She tries to be a good wife but shows no affection towards her husband. This kind of relationship shows that Iago would not have told her about his plans. The relationship between Iago and Emilia is also a superb example of power in gender roles as they were prescribed by the Renascence society. Iago, the masculine being in the relationship has the power to describe, define and ultimately destroy Emilia; the feminine persona. The definition of women as subservient to men is exemplified in their behavior toward each other. [Focault, 1978] Othello's centerpiece, the sexual union of a black man and a white woman, has fascinated audiences for generations, tapping into deep-seated fears of cultural and racial "miscegenation". Earlier generations were less willing to

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