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A post-modern valuing of a text views the interpretation acquired by a responder rather than the intended message of the author as being most important The Seventeenth Century Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy Othello composed by William Shakespeare was greatly influenced by various Elizabethan societal concerns such as spirituality race and most importantly gender An individual influenced by a Bradley reading of this text would focus on Othello and his fatal flaw exploring his decline through his soliloquies and use of imagery while a Race-based reading would view the prejudice that Othello as a moor endures throughout the play Contrarily a responder influenced by the early 21st century Feminist reading may focus on the presentation of the female characters Desdemona Emilia and Bianca and the juxtaposing angelic and bestial imagery that surrounds them Similarly through the exploration of the continual use of bestial imagery by Othello and Iago the psychoanalyst would examine the presentation of their tortured minds and accentuate this concept through the analysis of their soliloquies Thus as seen through the Psychoanalytical and Feminist readings of the text a responder may have a completely different focus and interpretation despite exploring it through similar devices For the responder influenced by the Feminist interpretation of the text the primary area of concern would be how the position of women in the Elizabethan society is presented While Feminist beliefs support independence and respect towards women the Elizabethan society had completely antithetical values women were treated as material possessions with no source of financial security except marriage This concept is portrayed through the archetypal use of Bianca and how her only means of survival are to marry Cassio This contrarily is juxtaposed with the atypical behaviour seen by Desdemona when proclaiming her love to Othello as it is going against her father and similarly when Emilia reveals her feelings about men using the most vulgar of imagery to portray how men in this society view women solely as
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