3 Take a look at Emilias long speech at the end of Act IV scene iii lines 84

3 take a look at emilias long speech at the end of

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3. Take a look at Emilia's long speech at the end of Act IV (scene iii, lines 84 - 103) (pp. 13 73 ). Write a brief, close analysis of this speech (paraphrase at the minimum) . What do you think Shakespeare was saying about women? What other places in the play do you see Shakespeare commenting on the plight of women? Would you consider Shakespeare a feminist? (20 points) In Emilia’s speech at the end of Act IV in Othello she adds to the already apparent viewpoint in the play that women are equal to men and that men are the reason women fail. In her speech she makes her belief clear that when wives do go wrong it is their husband’s fault; such as in their jealousy for the women to see other men and hitting them. She also basically says that the husbands think that it’s okay for them to ‘play’ with other women, but that women aren’t allowed when they have senses and feeling too, she believes this is unjust. I think Shakespeare is saying that women feel underappreciated in all they do. They have all these duties they have to do and have little to no freedom to do the things that they want to do; and that’s what does push them to do bad when they do. Shakespeare believes that women should have the same freedom as men if they men don’t want the women to do wrong; he believes that everyone should be treated with equal respect as well. I think Shakespeare comments on the plight of women throughout the entire play. One example would be early on when Desdemona’s father basically claims her as his property when Othello claims they are together. Basically saying that she has no choice to choose who she wants to be with and marry and I believe that if she had that choice she may have looked for someone more her type in age in race; but due to her father’s actions it led her to go after someone she knew wouldn’t have her father’s respect. I personally do not believe that Shakespeare should be considered a feminist but he does believe that women should be treated with more respect. The fact that women are thought to be so much lower to men in this time frame is disheartening to Shakespeare and he believes that through his writings he can change how women are treated and respected in society. I believe that his writings probably did influence people in his time and change the way they felt about and treated women. 4. Discuss the symbolism in Death of a Salesman. Think about the flute music, the stockings, Biff's sneakers, and the seeds/gardening. What do you think these things represent if seen as symbols? Do you see anything else symbolic in the play? (20 points) Symbolism is very apparent in Death of a Salesman. One example of symbolism in Death of a Salesman is the stockings. The stockings both foreshadow and symbolize the affair Willy has a flashback of with the woman. The new stockings represent Willy’s need to get rid of the guilt he carries about the affair he had.

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