Essay about Discrimination Against Women in Othelo

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“Go make me a sandwich!” is a common joke that males use towards females in the 21st century to stereotypically put women “in their place”. Many jokes like these tend to depict women as if they belong in the kitchen or as if their purpose is to serve men. But these gender differences are not only seen as jokes, but as a part of history. Writers such as William Shakespeare display many intentions of gender roles and strains in many of his works. These ideas are strongly portrayed in Shakespeare’s Othello, a play whose characters go through a great amount of sexism. Discrimination towards women along with misunderstandings are the fundamental struggles depicted in this play and is a great dispute in the world today.
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The connection between genders in Othello is absolute patriarchy and voices a society where there is a great amount of unequal distribution of rights, freedoms, and the power between both male and female. Women are a central part of the story of Othello. During Shakespeare's time lies a love tradition between a males and females. Women were seen as beautiful creatures that were expected to be faithful to men and have no interest in politics and education. Women are discriminated because of their sex, and how they are treated lower because of what their roles were traditionally. These traditions are shown through Othello, an African military general who falls from grace by murdering his innocent, Venetian wife, Desdemona. He ends up murdering her due to the thought of her cheating on him with another man. Desdemona, claims she would never cheat on her husband, not even "for the whole world" (4.3.82) Even after Othello hits her, she leaves because she "will not stay to offend him” (4.1.250). But the male characters of the play view women in varied ways. Michael Cassio, one of Othello’s soldiers who was first made Othello’s second-hand, often admires Desdemona, complimenting her and often believes that she is "perfection" (2.3.25). Iago, the villain in this drama who tries to terminate Othello and Desdemona’s relationship to subsequently get what he wants, has an attitude towards women that is largely critical

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