Essay on Othello, By William Shakespeare

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In Othello, even though Desdemona embodied the typical female role of a submissive and domesticated wife, she is still punished for her suspected disobedience by her husband, Othello. Othello is one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies. It takes place in Venice and focuses on the romantic relationships of its characters. The play opens with its main villain plotting against the protagonist. The villain, Iago, has promised Rodrigo that he will get Desdemona to fall in love with him. However, things take a drastic turn when Desdemona elopes with Othello The Moor. As a woman, Desdemona is considered her father’s property and society dictated that the father alone must choose his daughter 's husband. Instead of marrying one of the rich Venetian men that her father expects her to marry for his own gain she marries Othello for love. This is the first controversy in the play due to the gender roles put on by society. Iago wakes Desdemona’s father saying, Awake! what, ho, Brabantio! thieves! thieves! thieves! Look to your house, your daughter and your bags! Thieves! thieves!” (1.1.86-88). In order to stir up trouble, Iago claims that Othello has stolen Brabantio’s property from him, which is essentially all women are to men. Her father is outraged at their union and tries to enact his male dominance over her by pleading his case of his ‘stolen’ daughter to the Duke. In response, both Desdemona and Othello describe a beautiful story of love and loyalty to one another and the court…

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