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1 Othello A Feminist Reading

2 Critical Analysis Review Remember to do a critical analysis, you must ask between 2 and 3 questions of the work you are trying to analyze. Those answers to those questions will tell you how the work is viewed from that perspective. Remember, some questions relate best to some types of works and some questions are ‘easier’ to answer than others.

3 The Women Choose 3 questions from the previous slide to ask of each female in the play to complete the PowerPoint. You will, together in groups of 2 or 3, create 2 PowerPoint slides Group 1: Create 2 slides answering 2 questions about the representation of: Desdemona and Emilia Group 2: Create 2 slides answering 2 questions about the representation of Bianca and Othello/Iago’s relationship) Then we will integrate them into this PowerPoint for study purposes. You have 45 minutes!!!

4 How are male and female roles defined? Female: -Being controlled by male. -Must be respectful to the man -Try to fight against, but too weak to do that. - Emilia Male: -Controller. -Have power to control. -Egotism – can do whatever they want. “Do it not with poison, strangle her in her bed, even the bad she hath contaminated. ” (Act 5 Scene 1, ) “You did wish that I would make her turn. Sir, she can turn, and turn, and yet go on, and turn again; and she can weep, sir, weep. ” (Act 4 Scene 1, )

5 How do characters embody these traits? Desdemona: - obedience “I will not stay to offend you.” (Act 4 Scene 1, 235) “His unkindness may defeat my life, but never taint my love.” (Act 4 Scene 2, ) Desdemona is so loyal to her husband that she will not fight against him. It showed the weakness character of female, and her obedience as well. Emilia: - independent “I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest. Remove your thought; it doth abuse your bosom.” (Act 4 Scene 2, ) “But I do think it is their husband’s faults if wives do fall.” (Act 4 Scene 3, ) Emilia tries to maintain women’s rights by narrating the truths.

6 What are the power relationships between men and women? Men are the leader of the society. Women are the base level of the society. Women are following the orders which are given by men. Women are not respected.

7 How do characters embody these traits? Othello trust Iago’s every word. He is easy to be controlled. Othello is fractious. When he thinks about that his wife is a whore, he is out of control. Othello is jealousy. He wants to kill Cassio when he hears something happened between Cassio and Desdemona. Othello loves his wife so much. She is Genral’s Genral. Bianca is independent. She does not want a handkerchief from a another women even though it is pretty. Bianca seeks love bravely. She went to see Cassio in public place just because she loves him.

8 Feminist Questions Review

9 Act 4 Scene 3 Here Emilia and Desdemona discuss the role of women in society and what a woman’s duty is. Emilia specifically discusses the liberation and freedom of women. This was a very philosophical discussion that was had at the time. It is important to understand that Desdemona is an upper class woman while Emilia is a middle class woman (Bianca is notable by her absence, what does that mean? And What does it say about her?) Lets take apart A4S3 L

10 Othello How and when does Othello take on the ‘traditional roles of a woman’. Iago begins to manipulate Othello and he grows week to his manipulations and tricks. Othello gives up his role as the dominant general that he was in the beginning of the play and Iago ascents to his master. A4S1 L1 - 58


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