Eng First Essay 2-8-08

Eng First Essay 2-8-08 - Jonathan Bloomberg Close Reading...

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Jonathan Bloomberg Close Reading and Critical Writing, Dr. Greenfield First Essay on Othello 2-11-08 Iago’s struggle with Women In Shakespeare’s many tragedies and comedies he frequently focused on the relationship between men and women. In the play Othello , shows Iago to have sexist attitude towards woman. In the play, it is very evident that he is sexist towards to women. He badly mistreats his wife and shows her very little respect. He also accuses women of being oversexed throughout the play. Iago also seems to be overly obsessed and concerned with men having sex with women. Many times throughout the play he goes out of his way to stop Othello and Desdemona having sex, and he claims many times that his wife is cheating on him. Lastly, Iago becomes so completely obsessed with ruing Othello and Desdemona’s relationship, that he advises Othello to kill his wife in a specific way. Clearly, Iago uses his problems with women to ruin and manipulate the lives of other people in the play. The opening of the play begins with two men, Roderigo and Iago, talking about Othello. They are discussing the fact that a beautiful young Venetian lady, Desdemona, chose a Moor over all the other suitors of Venice. They eventually come up with the idea of waking up Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, to tell him his daughter ran off with the Moor. Iago declares to Brabantio that, “you’re robbed!” (1.2.83). He then describes to Brabantio that “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram/ Is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise!” (1.2.85-86). Iago is noticeably uncomfortable with the fact that Othello and
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Desdemona are going to get married and have sex. Also, by analyzing Iago’s diction, one can easily realize that he is uncomfortable with the inter-racial marriage because of race. He refers to Othello as a “black ram”, clearly referring to his darker skin color. Iago then refers to Desdemona as a “white ewe,” not only referring to her being from Venice, but also being pure and young. Also, this tells the reader that Iago thinks of sex, especially between a blank man and a white woman, as an animalistic activity. Iago says that he went to Brabantio “Because we come to do you service and you think we are ruffians, 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” (1.1.106-11). Iago again uses racist language to describe Othello, calling him a Barbary horse. A Barbary horse is a horse from the Arabian region, which again refers to the Moor not being from Venice. He then says that Brabantio’s future generations will tainted by Othello. Brabantio questions Iago further, asking him what kind of evil person he is. Iago responds to this by saying “I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ENGISH 1100 taught by Professor Greenfield during the Spring '08 term at Fordham.

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