The Role Of Women in Shakespeare's Othello Essay

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The Role Of Women in Othello           In Shakespeare's Othello, as in most writings of his time, women are viewed as trophies or objects to capture the attention of men. I do not doubt that these men do love their wives, but the love, respect and admiration for their women is much different that of our time. It seems modern women are much more capable of having what could be known as an "equal opportunity" marriage. In the days of sacred virginity, and honesty of one's word, well off women such as Desdemona were not given responsibility. Women in her position sat back and left the work up to their men and their servants. In due time they were given respect and admiration, and were…show more content…
  The first womyn to be examined, will be Desdemona. This young, fair lady does hold the attention of many a young man, but chose Othello. This man, who holds her in his highest regards in the beginning of the play, and would have given his life if she said she did not love him. "And till she come, as truly as to heaven I do confess the vices of my blood, So justly to your grave ears I'll present How I did thrive in this fair lady's love, and she in mine," evidence of his feelings towards her.(p.37) The feelings towards Desdemona are somewhat indescribable. There is the utmost respect for her, being a beautiful, graceful womyn, but these feelings mostly come from the male characters desire to have her. Have her in many senses of the word, mostly sexual. I do not feel that this desire is necessarily as compromising as it may be in present day situations but I do feel that there should be more to her character than the desire to lay upon her sheets. "Come on, come on! Your are pictures out of door, bells in your parlors, wildcats in your kitchens, saints in your injuries, devils being offended, players in your huswifery, and huswives in your beds." (P.67) I believe it to be quite sad that most of the respect for a main female character comes from sexual desire, which is one of many main tactics to keep a reader interested in such a soap opera type story.   Emilia is an altogether different story from Desdemona. As much as she is
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