Gender Roles In Shakespeare's Othello

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Gender Roles In Othello In the Stanford Prison Experiment, it was discovered that people would readily conform to the roles they were expected to play. This also applies to gender roles as females are strongly stereotyped in society. While some women tend to conform to these norms, others fight against the socially constructed roles. Desdemona and Emilia in William Shakespeare's play Othello are two perfect examples of such feminine figures. Primarily, although Desdemona and Emilia are both loyal wives, their reactions are completely different when facing accusations of adultery. Secondly, the contrast of their attitudes towards genders and marriages is highlighted during their discussion about adultery. In addition, when they become aware of the truth in the end, Desdemona continues to support Othello, and Emilia betrays Iago in order to redeem herself. Therefore in the…show more content…
To begin, the two females’ distinct reactions towards accusations reveal their different personalities. Desdemona is constantly attempting to prove her innocence when being accused by Othello, she responds to Othello’s mistrust, “I never did / Offend you in my life; never loved Cassio / But with such general warranty of heaven / As I might love. I never gave him token” (V. ii. 58-61). When Othello starts to doubt Desdemona, she presents great inquisition and is extremely concerned with the issue; now that Othello directly points out Desdemona’s “affair” with Cassio, she keeps defending herself and seeks for Othello’s forgiveness,

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