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Women have more rights and freedoms in todays society than in previous eras The lines between social classes are more relaxed expectations have been lowered and a woman speaking out has become more accepted Today women are allowed to do whatever men are This however was not always the case Take for example William Shakespeares play Othello There are two main female characters in the play Desdemona Othellos wife and Emilia Iagos wife Both of these women fit into a certain social category from the time each category with its own specific expectations and requirements Throughout Othello whether or not these women take action to break through the societal expectations has a great effect on their ends Desdemona is one of the many characters whose attitude evolves throughout the play She begins the play by speaking out against her father which was generally unacceptable and ends they play exhibiting blind obedience to her husbands wishes which results in her death Desdemona is the wife of a noble warrior and daughter of a senator Brabantio who calls her a maid so tender fair and happy one of the wealthy curled darlings of our nation 1285-87 There is much expected of her wealthy elevated class of nobility Women of the highest class were expected to be beautiful fair and never proud They had to have tongue at will but never speak too much and when they were angry they were not allowed to take revenge on their enemies They were expected to be able to think for themselves but neer disclose her mind and not pay attention to any courtship besides that of their husbands 21163-172 This is all however according to Iago Emilias husband so it is what men expected from their women and they expect many things including loyalty One of Desdemonas principal responsibilities is loyalty to the men in her life her father and her husband This is shown in the third scene where
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