Compare Anowa By Ama Aidoo And Othello

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The plays Anowa by Ama Ata Aidoo and Othello by William Shakespeare share many similarities depicting the main female characters, Anowa and Desdemona. The two, strong, opinionated, beautiful, and clever, women represent an unusual woman for their time and culture. Both women struggle with the love and control of an overbearing parent that they wish to escape. In the end, both women face a depressing and harsh fate because they undermined their parent’s best intentions. One thing that young women can take away from both plays is, even though parents come off controlling they have one’s best interest at heart. Desdemona is a young beautiful Venetian noblewoman who grew up in a well-respected noble family. Her father, Brabantio, is a strict …show more content…
Brabantio and Othello were friends at one time, and Othello would visit with Brabantio at their home. While visiting, Othello would tell stories of his adventures and war; this is where Desdemona fell in love with Othello. In 1.3 Othello states, “She wish’d she had not heard it, yet she wish’d / That heaven has made her such a man: she thank’s me, / And bade me, if I had a friend that loved her, / I should but teach him how to tell my story. / And that would whoo her. Upon this hint I spake: / She loved me for the dangers I had pass’d, / And I loved her that she did pity them” (Shakespeare 14). Brabantio was convinced that Othello used magic to seduce Desdemona, but he only used his stories to capture her love. Similar to Desdemona, out of all the men, Anowa’s mother approves of, Anowa chose to fall in love with the fool Kofi …show more content…
The play Othello takes place in the 1600’s in Venice and Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean Sea. The play Anowa, takes place in the 19th century, on the golden coast of Africa. Not only having different cultures but having different roles for women make both women different. Desdemona comes from a culture where the man of the family has more power over the women, leaving the women with little significant in their own life. Anowa’s culture, the power flows through the women’s side of the family, allowing the women to have some power in the family. Also, allow for the women to hold high positions in the military and village. With that being said, the differences between the two makes the similarities more significant, due to the dramatic gap in time and

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