Ruth Vanita is an English professor at Delhi University who wrote this essay, “‘Proper’ Men and ‘Fallen’ Women: The Unprotectedness of the Wives in ‘Othello’,” as part of her work on the representation of wife-murder in Renaissance drama. The article was published in 1994 in the journal, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900. Vanita’s thesis is that the deaths of Desdemona and Emilia were a reflection of societal acceptance of violent behavior against women and in particular within the husband-wife
people exemplify the notion of masculinity and femininity and generally how men relate to women in the society. Shakespeare’s play examines the various issues that surrounded the sixteenth century and to some extent they still exist in the present world. This paper will mainly analyze how the play explores the theme of gender and sexuality and the paper will analyze the presentation of gender roles and especially how women act within or outside their roles and marriage. In Othello, the male
the power to turn a man in love into a man full of hatred. Othello’s attitude, during the first discussion with Iago, is one of clear denial. He claims that he would simply "whistle her off, and let her down the wind", or divorce her in other words (Vanita 3). As time goes on, the accusations that Iago has made, against Cassio and Desdemona, begins to churn in Othello’s mind. He tries hard to forget the claims but when Iago offers him proof, he begins to break down and cries out "I’ll tear her to pieces"
birthed evil spirits and also supposedly the devil and birthed the jinn (Arabic demons of legend, sometimes ascribed as being genies). Later in legend, she became identified as a succubus who caused "nocturnal emissions [associated with "wet dreams in men"] and the birth of witches and demons called lilim." Charms were created to protect from her influence and she was believed to have stolen and slain children (Grolier "Lilith"). She is mentioned in the Talmud in several places. Among these