There is a suggestion, however, that women are beginning to question the validity of unchecked male authority. Women as submissive Some modern feminist critics see Desdemona as a hideous embodiment of the downtrodden woman.
Women as temptresses This is not to say, however, that women in Othello do not exhibit any signs of wielding power. All three women of the play are accused of prostitution and inappropriate sexual conduct, yet it appears that none of them are guilty.
Emilia has no illusions about her husband and how wives are generally treated within marriage.
I wonder in my soul What you would ask me that I should deny, Or stand so mammering on? But here is my husband And as much duty as my mother showed To you, preferring you before her father So much i challenge b that i profess Due to the Moor my lord Act I, Scene, 3 This is the most important speech Desdemona makes.
A feminist analysis of the play Othello allows us to judge the different social values and status of women in the Elizabethan society. Woman is expected to follow the norms and fulfil the expectation of the society.
We see her bantering with her contemporaries. Shakespeare on the other hand has portrayed women as both object and subject. A feminist interpretation of the play would assess the balance of power between the genders, the cultural expectations displayed in the play and the degree to which these are conformed to by the women, as well as how far the drama centres on male or female perspectives etc.
Though she asserted her individual personality but under the impact of a male dominant society she could not exercise her freedom. What is the role of women? Her role reflects sexual double standards — Cassio can be regarded as an upright citizen whilst consorting with her as long as it is covert whereas she is deemed to be immoral for having sex outside marriage, and so automatically she is worthy of abuse, her word is not to be trusted and promises made to her do not have to kept.
My love doth so approve him. He oppresses Desdemona throughout the play. However in the capacity of a woman, she was oppressed by Othello. She has been given a voice albeit granted by a man. To persuade his father and without offending anyone. If a woman is submissive, she is acceptable and when she tries to raise her voice she is enchained.
In this way, Emilia can be seen as striking a blow for feminism. Although going on to betray her husband, she still feels the need to explain why she is deviating from accepted behaviours.
Her character is shaped by the society. Though he felt repentant but it was of no use. Desdemona suffered a tragic end because she was a woman. Given the evident truth of her emotions, the audience has sympathy for her, but, with no male to adequately protect her, Bianca is an easy victim for accusation from Iago and his wife.
She is thought of responsible for performing her duties only.
This is, however, by no means peculiar to Othello: In material terms, she ends up an example of a physically vulnerable, isolated younger woman, a victim of domestic violence.
Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca. Her status as woman demeans her intelligence and capability to deal with the problems arising. She can be considered to be a victim of violence since Othello does not fulfil his duties as husband and hits her in public.
He hath commanded me to go bed, And bid me to dismiss you. Shakespeare has highlighted both the norms and expectations of the society and the behaviour and attitude of women towards these norms.
Their wives have sense like them; they see and smell, And have their palates both for sweet and sour, As husbands have. For information about the female ideal, against which Desdemona is assessed, see: Woman is not allowed to raise her voice.
She is liable to serve her husband though she was bold enough to deny her father.A feminist analysis of the play Othello allows us to judge the different social values and status of women in the Elizabethan society. Othello serves as an example to demonstrate the expectations of the Elizabethan patriarchal society, the practice of privileges in patriarchal marriages, and the suppression and restriction of femininity.
- A Feminist Perspective of Othello Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello closes the final scene of the last act with the spiritual superiority of the heroine firmly established over that of the hero. This is one of many aspects regarding the feminine perspective on the drama, the subject of this essay.
William Shakespeare's "Othello" can be read from a feminist perspective. Othello serves as an example of the patriarchal social status, the practice of privileges in marriages, and also the suppression and restriction of the Elizabethan woman.3/5(1). Summary: History's events continue how we read classic literature.
William Shakespeare's "Othello," for example, can be read from a post-colonial era and from a feminist perspective. A post-colonial reading reveals the characters' racism and discriminatory attitudes that drive their actions. A. A Feminist Analysis of Othello In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello there are numerous instances of obvious sexism aimed at the three women in the drama -- Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca – and aimed at womankind generally.
Women vs. Men in Othello Whether intentional or not, William Shakespeare’s Othello can be viewed (help) from a feminist perspective.
Many scholars continually argue that Othello consists of a male dominated society in which the women play an insignificant role.Download