Males within Venetian society preserved a greater status than ladies and were thought about to hold the power and intellect. Throughout women’s lives, they are owned by a male figure; as a girl they are owned by the father, once they are married they are then owned by the husband. They were likewise expected to represent a womanly figure, obey and respect males, stay virtuous and keep an excellent status as an Elizabethan other half. Throughout Shakespeare play Othello, Iago leads Othello to believe that his wife Desdemona is betraying towards him with his newly selected lieutenant Cassio.
Without challenging his spouse about this allegation, he begins to too soon penalize her by treating her without regard and later on strikes her. This occurs In act 4 scene 1, and Desdemona reacts to Othello by stating “I have actually not deserved this”. During Venetian times, physical abuse upon other halves was produced, with the better half unable to combat back. Women were also seen as something males owned. The relationship in between Iago and Emilia was clearly not developed on love and passion; rather it seemed to be built on Iago’s objective to get status among piers.
Iago requests numerous favours from Emilia such as taking Desdemona’s handkerchief and follows Iago in a wifely task. He does not treat her like his wife until he needs something of her. This demonstrates how the ladies were utilized in venetian society, there was no relationship with an exchange system. Rather it was simply the men who would draw from the females, and the women would simply accept that, as it was the way they were raised.
In Act 3 scene 3 Emilia says aloud “my stubborn other half hath a hundred times charmed me to steal it … I’ll have the work tane out and give’t Iago” this provides the audience the understanding that Emilia has actually been requested by Iago to steal the Desdemona’s handkerchief while knowing that it has some link to an evil act, as she recommendations her other half to a “wayward husband”. Ladies being viewed as male owned, is likewise displayed in Act 1 scene 3, Desdemona informs her daddy Brobantio that although she is grateful for all he has provided for her; offering life and education.
Now nevertheless, she has a husband and she will offer all her commitment to him, simply as her mom gave her loyalty to Brobantio. In this scene, it is the only time in which we are shown the strong-willed, brave, outspoken and independent side of her. It was also common in Venetian society kind men to be relied on over women. In act 4 scene 2, Emilia and Othello go over of Desdemona and Casio’s relationship. Emilia defends Desdemona’s sincerity, claiming “I heard each syllable that breath made up between them” which there was nothing suspicious going on between the two of them.
However in spite of the conversation between the two, Othello does not take any of this into account when in the future he and his other half remain in discussion and he describes Desdemona as a “impudent strumpet”. This demonstrates how women were not as trusted as guys were through Othello overlooking Emilia’s evidence and selecting to believe Iago’s. The play wright’s criticism of the way ladies were treated in Venetian society show that they believe that in some cases, Desdemona needs to have protected herself when she was faced with extreme provocation.
She does not confess to losing the handkerchief of which Othello provided to her as a token of his love. This is because of the truth that she feared the result of the scenario if she did, as Othello has power. Her actions in response to Othello’s accusations were merely exemplary behaviour of married women in Venetian society. Desdemona is obedient towards Othello, and herself states of it in act 3 scene 3 “I am obedient”. Throughout the play she follows Othello commands from the early phases of marital relationship to the later phases of his jealous ravings.
She continues to obey Othello in the act 5 when he buys her to go to the bed room with which she responds “I will, my lord”. Down to her really dying breath she stays real to Othello saying “commend me to my kind lord”. Desdemona appears to have actually accepted her role entirely as a subordinate and loyal other half. Through making use of the willow song in the Othello, it genuinely re-enforced Desdemona’s grief as it would stir up the audience to feel the sadness of her as a victim and sensation understanding towards her.
The language in the song actually made the audience comprehend her much better, instead of accepting the outcome of the play, as something that was not preventable and must have been anticipated. In Othello, the Venetian society, moulded on the ideology of Elizabethan England, location women in their position. This is that they act as males anticipate, believing this to be ‘natural’. They are thought about to ownerships of guys and are to remain submissive and meek at all times. The only power they have is their sexual power; nevertheless the women must remain faithful towards their other halves. This power should be withstood by guys in society as it is thought about evil.