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A Feminist Perspective of Othello Essay -- Feminism Feminist Women Cr
A Feminist Perspective of Othello Throughout the continuance of Shakespeares tragedy Othello there is a steady undercurrent of sexism. It is originating from non one, but rather various male characters in the play, who manifest prejudicial, prejudiced attitudes toward women. In the opening scene, while Iago is expressing his hatred for the general Othello for his having chosen Michael Cassio for the lieutenancy, he contrives a plan to partially avenge himself (I follow him to go my turn upon him), with Roderigos assistance, by alerting Desdemonas beginner, Brabantio, to the fact of his girlfriends elopement with Othello Call up her father, / Rouse him make after him, envenom his delight . . . . Implied in this move is the fact of a fathers assumed control over the female childs choice of a marriage partner. Iagos warning to the senator follows closely Zounds, sir, youre robbd for shame, put on your clothe / Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul. This statement also implies that the father has authority over the daughter. Brabantios admonition to Roderigo implicitly expresses the same pass The worser welcome I have charged thee not to haunt about my doors In honest plainness thou hast heard me say My daughter is not for thee . . . . (1.1) Iagos continuing earthy appraisals of the situation all take care to bestow upon the father the power to make decisions for the daughter. Roderigo even calls Desdemonas process a revolt against paternal authority Your daughter, if you have not wedded her leave, / I say again, hath made a gross revolt . . . . Upon verifying the absence of his daughter from the home, Brabantio exhorts all fathe... ...view, LXIV, 1 (Winter 1956), 1-4, 8-10 and Arizona Quarterly (Spring 1956), pp.5-16. Mack, Maynard. Everybodys Shakespeare Reflections Chiefly on the Tragedies. Lincoln, NB University of Nebraska Press, 1993. Muir, Kenneth. Introduction. William Shakespeare Othello. New York Penguin Books, 1968. Neely, Carol. Women and Men in Othello Critical Essays on Shakespeares Othello. Ed. Anthony G. Barthelemy Pub. Macmillan New York, NY 1994. (page 68-90) Shakespeare, William. Othello. In The Electric Shakespeare. Princeton University. 1996. http//www.eiu.edu/multilit/studyabroad/othello/othello_all.html No stemma nos. Wayne, Valerie. Historical Differences Misogyny and Othello. The Matter of Difference Materialist Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare. Ed Valerie Wayne. Ithaca, NY Cornell University Press, 1991.