William Shakespeare 's Othello As A Patriarchal Society

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Women in the sixteenth century were commonly dominated by a patriarchal society. Meaning their loyalty and respect lay amongst the men in their lives with little choice for opposition. In Othello by William Shakespeare, he portrays the role of women in a way typical to their representation in Elizabethan and Venetian society. While the women may be presented as mentally stronger than their male counterparts, the language given to these female characters suggest that they have internalized society 's expectation of them. Apart from moments of private conversation and Emilia 's reaction to Desdemona 's death, the women behave in a submission that is expected of them, believing it to be the natural way, as the men continue to downgrade and treat them as secondary citizens. Shakespeare represents this status of women through the traditional views of the male characters, moments of submission from the females, and how the women internalize this society. In Venice, it was considered normal for women to be feminine and do as their husbands and fathers told them. It is unusual for them to be anything else. Women were commonly domestic servants, midwives, and the majority - housewives. 16th century girls did not attend school and were often educated at home. Women 's education lay mostly in religious study to become an obedient wife and mother. Marriages were usually arranged and not based on love. Divorces were also unknown at this time, leaving women with little

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