The Feminine Perspective in Othello Essay

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The Feminine Perspective in Othello

Just how do women see things in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello? What is their perspective on narrative developments? Let’s analyze the feminine point of view in this essay.

It was Emilia’s gift of the decorated kerchief to her husband that set up Desdemona for murder. Helen Gardner in “Othello: A Tragedy of Beauty and Fortune” talks of Emilia’s outlook on things:

Emilia’s silence while her mistress lived is fully explicable in terms of her character. She shares with her husband the generalizing trick and is well used to domestic scenes. The jealous, she knows,

are not ever jealous for the cause

But jealous for they are jealous.

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Brabantio is the old father, and he hates to lose the comforting services of his Desdemona. The daughter’s husband Othello expresses his sentiments to Iago regarding his relationship with the senator’s daughter, saying

that I love the gentle Desdemona,

I would not my unhoused free condition

Put into circumscription and confine

For the sea's worth. (1.2)

Once that Brabantio has located Othello, the father presses charges publicly in order to have Desdemona returned:

To prison, till fit time

Of law and course of direct session

Call thee to answer. (1.2)

The proceedings which take place before the Duke of Venice enable the audience to hear the feminine point of view for the first time in the play. Desdemona is compelled by the situation to stand before the senators and duke, members of the City Council of Venice, and present her side of the story in a convincing manner. She is both respectful of her father and loving of her husband:

My noble father,

I do perceive here a divided duty.

To you I am bound for life and education;

My life and education both do learn me

How to respect you: you are the lord of duty;

I am hitherto your daughter. But

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