William Shakespeare 's Othello The Moor Of Venice

1646 WordsDec 20, 20157 Pages
In “Othello the Moor of Venice” by William Shakespeare, though the play revolves around two leading male characters, Othello and Iago, the women characters are often overlooked and viewed as the pawns, to the plans laid out by Iago in his journey to end Othello. Shakespeare’s play, presented women with an image of being inferior to the men and throughout it we learn how this came to be as the women are all in critical relationships to the point where they are disregarded and mistreated by the men in their lives and as a result they are forced to take ways of fighting back. Men are often viewed dominant, but when faced with the others, especially women, of equal or more stature and significance, they find themselves unable to cope with such a spectacle and are often ignorant of the existence of this power. Desdemona’s courage and use of language to defend herself against her father, Brabantio and her husband, Othello revealed her to be a well dignified woman, but it is the very thing that got her into complications which ultimately led to her death. In the first act, after Brabantio found out Desdemona had run off to marry the Moor, Othello in secret, he labels her as a rebellious child he says, “Oh heaven, how got she out, Oh treason of the blood” (I.i.171-172). He’s saying he didn’t know when she left his house and that his own daughter by blood right has deceived him by marring a man he despise. Her father goes on to believe she was under some sort of magic, done by
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