Theme Of Women In Othello

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In the play Othello, written by Shakespeare in the late sixteenth century, women do not contrive to enjoy the same freedom that women do today. In the play, Othello and Desdemona become married despite race and age. Desdemona is a young woman who is married to a much older man who is also African American. Iago is the character that tries to break up this marriage and convince Othello that Desdemona is unfaithful. Iago wants Cassio to lose his position as lieutenant. Iago frames Cassio to convince Othello that Desdemona is cheating. In the end, Othello ends up killing Desdemona. The Elizabethan society had its own standards for women and different social values, especially between married and unmarried women. In the sixteenth century, women had strict standards regarding their role and behavior. Women were said to not go anywhere alone, meaning unescorted; they should not speak very often, they should not wear any sexual clothing or makeup, and they should obey their husbands and fathers. Once a woman is married, she now has more rules to follow. She has to be faithful to her husband or she could end up being called a whore, or even worse. Once a woman is labeled a whore, it ruins the family name in the society. Not only does it ruin her family's name, but she has also ruined her future. In the late sixteenth century, this was a very serious topic. Once the women were labeled a whore, she was considered guilty until proven innocent. Othello is a play about the behavior
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