The Heroes As Losing Their Dominance And Manhood Essay

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In both plays Shakespeare presents the heroes as losing their dominance and manhood through another character villainy. As both heroes identities are built around manliness, for the villains to insult their manhood would hurt them severely.
In Act 4 Scene 1, Othello is stating that “A horned man’s a monster and a beast”. In the Jacobean era, the image of a cuckolded man was a man with horns which indicates a bestial and monstrous nature. It is a physical indicator that he is less than a man. He is subhuman, like an animal. This is, in his way, to lose control over the woman in his life is to lose everything that makes him a man. Othello has lost his confidence, ergo he loses his authority and respect which composes his masculine personality. He feels ashamed of this descent in authority and in his manhood, but he is finally accepting he is a cuckold. The use of this metaphor reveals Othello’s fear of him being cuckolded. This suggests it is depriving him of his manhood as he as he now acts like an animal; instinctively and for protection. He has lost his dominance as he now acts recklessly and without self-control as the terms “monster” and “beast” are connotations for violence and insubordination. Without his manhood he loses his dominance to Iago, taking on the dependant submissive role. This new found dominance in Iago allows him to influence Othello to kill Desdemona which Othello later regrets.
Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, evidently has an effect on her husband as he loses…

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