Shakespeare 's Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

998 Words Apr 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Merriam-Webster simply defines the term 'Renaissance Man ' as "a man who is interested in and knows a lot about many things;" (Merriam-Webster) emphasis on the word 'man. ' This is because the Renaissance was not the liberating era for women that it was for men. Though many pieces of literature and art of that era depicted feminine themes and held women at the center of the narrative, "women continued to be used in society only for the benefits of men—as daughters who could potentially help the family through an advantageous marriage, or as wives who took care of the home and produced children to help work on the farm or to carry on a family name" (Saylor Academy 1). Relatively no male artists of that time contradicted this message, and William Shakespeare was not an exception.
The women depicted in Shakespeare 's Othello are complete caricatures of the most traditional feminine stereotypes of the era: "the highly sexualized seductress, or the chaste, virtuous mother, daughter, or wife" (Saylor Academy 4). Desdemona, the wife of Othello is seen for the majority of the play as a submissive wife until a misunderstanding turns her, in her husband 's eyes, into a demon. Emilia, the wife of Iago and the most sensible woman of the trio, still dons the recipe for a submissive wife that would go to great lengths to satisfy her husband. Finally, Bianca, a prostitute that routinely visited Michael Cassio, is verbally spat upon and mentally abused throughout the play. None of the…

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