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Women are usually but not always the only victims of the social organisation created by men In Shakespeares famous tragic drama Othello numerous characters both male and female are represented negatively and through their suffering the audience feels sympathy towards them Desdemonas rebellion against her family in eloping with Othello a black army general results in her untimely death Emilia on the other hand is compliant to the patriarchal society to a point whereby she becomes an unwitting tool for her husband Othello and Cassio are both represented as being outsiders As a result of the xenophobia associated with the white hegemonic Venetian society these men are made to feel vulnerable making them easy targets for Iagos manipulation Therefore even in this patriarchal society the men like the female characters suffer as a result of their societies values and morals The objectification of Desdemona by other characters demonstrates the marginalised status of women in Venetian society Initially Desdemona would have been seen as a radical character by the patriarchal audience She goes against her father and family by eloping with Othello and then when he goes to Cyprus she argues successfully to go to Cyprus with him rather than being the traditional wife who stayed at home and waited for her husbands return Ironically the only male to treat Desdemona as an equal is Othello a male ostracised by the Venetian society Oh my fair warrior The rest of the males objectify Desdemona for her beauty labelling her as being the epitome of the perfect woman according to Venetian views She is a most exquisite lady and she is indeed perfection Therefore Desdemona is only recognised by her husband as being an equal who is also marginalised As Othello is viewed as an outsider in Venetian society Desdemona is also seen in the same marginalised status Hence the emphasis on her beauty and nothing else by other males demonstrates the objectified role that women
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