Women in Othello

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Amira Elsaeed October 15 Section 1
“How women get affected by love in othello.”

Othello is a tragedy written in 1603 by William Shakespeare; the play revolves around a love relationship between the noble Desdemona and the black moor Othello. Othello represents a male-dominant society where men are the leaders of society and the leaders of their own relationships. Beyond the unjust norms which society accepted, Shakespeare emphasizes the greater injustice women face as they are helplessly torn apart because of their experience with love. The main female roles, which are initially presented as women of strong character, are quickly destroyed as their male partners continue to treat them with the same sour injustice the women cannot escape.
The first victim of love was Bianca in her relationship with Cassio. Bianca as a person seems to be strong and independent compared to other women in that era. For example, she had her own house “ I’ faith, sweet love I was coming to your house,”( 3.4.194) said by Cassio; these words by Cassio to Bianca shows that she was strong enough to live alone; therefore, she seemed different to people around her due to the society’s norms Bianca was described as a prostituteas a result of her independence. This was clear in act 5 scene1 when Iago insulted her telling her these rude words “This is the fruits of whoring…….. Go know of Cassio where he supped tonight,”(5.1.136) in addition, “O, did he so? I charge you go with me.” When it comes to Cassio she becomes a weak person. Bianca loved Cassio so badly that she travelled…...

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