Iago's Treatment Of Women In Othello

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William Butler Mrs. Clark English IV 25 September 2014 Othello Essay Test Shakespeare included many meanings and themes in his writing. In his play, Othello, he used honesty, hate, duty, and the view of women as whores. Women at this time period were viewed differently then women today. Women were expected to be loyal to their spouse, and to follow their husband’s orders; which oppressed these women. This is what Iago expects from the women in Othello Iago is a great example of an oppressor of women. Iago hates women; he shows no affection to women and he constantly insults them. Iago constantly complains that women talk too much. After Iago finds out that Cassio has kissed his wife he says, “Sir, would she give you so much of her lips, as of her tongue she oft bestows on me you’d have enough” (Act 2.1). This shows that he does…show more content…
Emilia has searched for Desdemona’s handkerchief for quite some time, and when she finds it she thinks Iago will love her in return. "I am glad I have found this napkin… My wayward husband hath a hundred times woo'd me to steal it. (Act 3.3.)." Even though Emilia found the handkerchief, Iago still does not treat her any better. Iago also thinks that women are whores. Iago says’ you are pictures out of doors… wild-cats in your kitchens… Players in your huswifery, and huswives in your beds. ( Act 2.1). Iago is saying that women boss people around in the kitchen, but the end of the day their job is to take care of the man. This shows that Iago views women as less than man. Iago also thinks that women use what they have to get what they want. Iago says “If she be fair and wise, fairness and wit, The one’s for use, the other useth it (Act 2.1).” Iago thinks that brunettes get what they want from their wit and blondes get what they want from their looks. Either way he is saying that women have to deceive people to get anywhere in

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