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Transcript of Othello
In the end, Desdemona is brutally strangled by Othello, and Iago had successfully gotten the vengeance he so desired.
How Women Are Seen in Othello
In Othello, it is learned that women hold all the power towards Iago's evil plan.
"This is the monkey's own giving out. She is persuaded I will marry her, out of her own love and flattery, not out of my promise."
" Look to her Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: She has deceived her father, and may thee." - Brabantio
How Desdemona Is Seen By Men
"She is indeed perfection." - Cassio
To illustrate this theme, we will take you back through Iago's scheme and show how vital of a role that the women play in it.
Next, we will tell you how the women helped to escalate the situation to this point.
The doom was inevitable for Desdemona for these reasons funneling together.
" O, behold, The riches of the ship come on shore! Ye men of Cyprus, let her have your knee. Hail to thee, lady! and the grace of heaven, Before, behind thee. and on every hand, Enwheel thee round!" - Cassio
Iago's Perception of Women
"She that was ever fair and never proud, had tongue at will and yet was never loud, never lack'd gold and yet went never gay, fled from her wish and yet said 'Now I may:' she that, being anger'd, her revenge be nigh, bade her wrong stay and displeasure fly; she that in wisdom never was so frail to change the cod's head for the salmon's tail; she that could think and ne'er disclose her mind, see suitors following and not look behind; she was a wight, if ever such wight were"
"What handkerchief? Why, that the Moor first gave to Desdemona, that which so often you did bid me steal."
"Assure thee, If I do vow a friendship, I’ll perform it To the last article. My lord shall never rest, I’ll watch him tame and talk him out of patience his bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift, I’ll intermingle everything he does with Cassio’s suit. Therefore be merry, Cassio, for thy solicitor shall rather die than give thy cause away."
As you can see from the quote, Iago thought nothing of women. He believed they should be perfect. Except, his plan hinges on Desdemona doing as Cassio asks. Thus, giving her all the power in his plan.
To carry out his plan he uses a mixture of people in which all cycle back to him.
Roderigo is used to start the bar fight which will get Cassio eventually fired from his position.
Out of luck, Cassio talks to Iago who says to convince Desdemona to help him. He says to ask Desdemona to bug Othello about getting his job back.
She listens to what Cassio has to say. She agrees to help him. She starts to talk about Cassio every time she is with Othello.
He begins the story as a person without jealously. The more Desdemona talks about Cassio the more Othello speaks with Iago about what is going on.
Iago ask Emilia to steal the handkerchief. Emilia later finds out that she helped out Iago's plan and caused Othello to become more jealous.
This is when Othello is hiding and listening in on Cassio and Iago talk about Bianca and Othello thinks they are talking about Desdemona. So her power in the story is just being there to give Cassio something to talk about.
Iago was planting seeds of doubt in Othello's mind because she lied to her father.
Next, the fact her father leaves her is negative. Psychologists state that not having a parent leads to a bad marriage.
Finally, Othello leaving for war gives Desdemona time without him. Giving Iago a better chance at pulling off his plan.
Desdemona assumes full control of Iago's plan at this point. By talking about Cassio all the time, and Othello being doubtful of her loyalty, Desdemona drives Othello into complete jealousy and leads him to believe that what Iago told him is true.
How Emilia is Seen by Men
How Bianca is Seen by Men
"He hath not yet made wanton the night with her, and she is sport for Jove."- Iago
"To have a foolish wife".- Iago
"Now will I question Cassio of Bianca, a huswife that by selling her desires buys herself bread and clothes. It is a creature that dotes on Cassio, as 'tis the strumpet’s plague to beguile many and be beguiled by one. He, when he hears of her, cannot refrain from the excess of laughter."- Iago
"I marry her! What? A customer? Prithee bear some charity to my wit. Do not think it so unwholesome. Ha, ha, ha!"- Cassio
"She says enough, yet she’s a simple bawd that cannot say as much."- Othello