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Othello vs. Pride and Prejudice
Transcript of Othello vs. Pride and Prejudice
Prejudice Pride and Prejudice Othello Theme 3:
Love and Relationships Theme 1:
Prejudice Theme 2:
Class and Reputation Theme 3:
Love and Courtship Racial prejudice Theme 2:
Manhood and Honor Male figures seek to assert and protect their manhood and honor throughout play Shakespeare portrays love as weak and vulnerable Elizabeth: Class depicts a story in which lovers must overcome numerous obstacles beginning with the tension caused by their varying personal qualities describe Othello as an animal or beast "What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe If he can carry't thus!" (I.i.63-64) "you'll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse, you'll have your nephews neigh to you, you'll have coursers for cousins, and gennets for germans" (I.i.108-110) Gender prejudice women thought as sole property of father and husband "Zounds, sir, y'are robbed! For shame." (1.i.84) "Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: She has deceived her father, and may thee." (1.iii.287-288) women also are thought to be untrustworthy Othello has attained power through his military exploits Iago's jealousy of Cassio "Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself and what remains is bestial" (II.iii.261-263) Men also define honor through their ability to command the faithfulness of their women Brabantio rebuked for not controlling the desires of his daughter describes Othello and Desdemona's relationship as animalistic "Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe" (I.i.85-86) In the beginning Othello loves and trusts Desdemona "She loved me for the dangers I had passed, and I loved her that she did pity them" (I.iii.166-167) Roderigo loves Desdemona, Othello loves Desdemona, Desdemona loves Othello Bennets vs. Bingleys vs. Darcy Mr. Collins is "class-conscience" and portrays this in the way he spends his time toadying up to Lady Catherine Mr. Darcy- believes in dignity of his lineage Miss Bingley- dislikes anyone outside of her social class Mr. Wickham- desperately tries to get enough money to raise his social standing Reputation A woman's reputation is of the utmost importance stepping outside of social norms makes her vulnerable to ostracism Elizabeth walking to Netherfield Lydia eloping with Mr. Wickham suggests that true love is a force separate from society marriage is seen as the ultimate goal Elizabeth and Darcy Jane and Bingley Collins and Charlotte Wickham and Lydia Othello. These letters give, Iago, to the pilot
And by him do my duties to the Senate.
That done, I will be walking on the works;
Repair there to me. Act 3, Scene 2 Iago. Well, my good lord, I'll do't. Othello. This fortification, gentlemen, shall we see't? Gentlemen. We'll wait upon your lordship. Prejudice against Mr. Darcy and the upper class Iago + Wickham Both are angry because they were passed over for money and power Everyone likes them at first, until they learn their true nature Lydia/Wickham + Othello/Desdemona Both run off together to elope This action distresses their (Lydia and Desdemona's) parents Othello + Elizabeth Both are quick to believe what others tell them Othello believes Iago Elizabeth believes Mr. Wickham 1:30 1:30 5:15 "The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which tuned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased; and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding, disagreeable countenance, and being unworthy to be compared with his friend" (58). Darcy and Miss Bingley: prejudice against the lower classes [Miss Bingley:] "Oh! certainly," cried his faithful assistant, "no [woman] can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half-deserved."
"All this she must possess," added Darcy, "and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading."
[Elizabeth Bennet:] "I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any."