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The women of Shakespeares Othello are put into stereotypical roles but behind peoples backs play much stronger types Desdemona goes against her fathers orders and marries a moor Bianca innocently takes part in Desdemonas death Emilia has an opportunity to save Desdemona but sneakingly remains silent These women are similar because they are treated like they are lower then the men in their days But they do not let that hold them back These women take part in anything that pleases them In no way would they let men tell them what to do Desdemona was the daughter of the Venetian Senator Brabantio Against her fathers wishes she marries a moor Othello The marriage seems to be monstrous- in the sense that it represents a deviation from that which is natural How else Brabantio asks would Desdemona so carefully have brought such scandal upon herself and her father by shunning the wealthy curled darlings of our nationAct 1 Scene 2 Line 68 Desdemona arrives and gently resolves the dispute by acknowledging split loyalties to her father and to her new husband but making it clear that she now belongs to Othello For the play being set in the late sixteenth century Desdemonas defense of her actions is remarkably forthright spirited and courageous She was aware of the great risk involved when she married a moor She says She remains bound to her noble father for her life and education he remains her lord of duty and she will always honor him as such Now however she has a husband and she must recognize her duties to him just as her mother did to BrabantioAct 1 Scene 3 Line 181 Desdemona is a well-born and well educated daughter of a Venetian senator She has been trained to adapt herself easily to any social situation You could see how she is headstrong in her choice of a husband and in her defense of him Desdemonas generous nature
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