Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

1101 Words Nov 24th, 2015 5 Pages
Patriarchy is a social system in which males are the primary authority figures central to social organization, occupy roles of political leadership, moral authority, control of property and where fathers hold authority over women and children. During the Elizabethan era, in England, society was patriarchal, which is why it was difficult to find strong female role models such as the ones in Shakespeare’s plays. In Othello, by William Shakespeare, Emilia and Desdemona are both very strong female characters. Desdemona is strong because of her response to being called demeaning words by her husband, her ability to overlook race and class and her unwillingness to blame and be angry at Othello. While Emilia is strong for other reasons. However, Desdemona shows the most strength, because of her experiences with being blamed, shamed and abused and her ability to face these difficult situations using good communication skills. In the play, Othello, Desdemona overlooks race and class despite her father and society disagreeing with her choices. This allows her to marry the man she truly loves, Othello. Desdemona is constantly being told that Othello is not good enough for her because of his race and class. Instead of abiding by her father’s (and society’s) wishes and marrying a Caucasian man, she elopes and marries Othello, a person of color. In one scene, Brabantio is speaking to the Duke, Othello, and Desdemona. He claims he would rather adopt than have Desdemona for a daughter. He…

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