In William Shakespeare’s play “ Othello”, females are treated unequally throughout the book. The dominant males, who represent the hegemony such as Othello, show the act of misogyny.
Firstly, a brilliant mind planner, Iago, degrades women in many ways. He also makes a habit of insulting females in general. He has no respect or love toward women.
Continuing, Iago believes that women are only good for sex and they use their body parts as weapons. Also, he uses stereotypes to describe women.
Lastly, Othello appears to be kind-hearted towards women, he expresses his love towards Desdemona fervently both in private and in public.
By examining Iago’s habit of insulting females, treating women like sex symbols, and Othello’s view towards Desdemona, this essay will demonstrate that Shakespeare’s “Othello” is a misogynist text.
For many years, women were being treated unequally. Women who were disobedient to their husband were beaten or insulted. Eventually, this became a habit for women and they were very tolerant for men. These insults come from the mouths of men who consider themselves superior. Iago shows us this complexity when he is talking to Othello about Desdemona. He advises him
“I would not have your free and noble nature,
Out of self-bounty, be abused; look to't: I know our country disposition well; In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks They dare not show their husbands; their best conscience
Is not to leave't undone, but keep't unknown.” (3.3.17)
Iago claims that Venetian women can't be trusted because they all deceive their husbands with their secret "pranks." Moreover, they can also be unfaithful and deceitful. He believes that women, secretly, plan to destroy males without a clue being left behind. Continuing, This seems to be the dominant attitude in the play. Just about every male character in the play assumes that women are promiscuous and disloyal, especially, Iago. This proves that Iago extremely hates women in general and they can’t be trusted. Furthermore, women were treated and give the same respect as prostitutes. They are very good at persuaing a man. It is also clear that, females only place is at home, in the bed. Iago said:
“Now will I question Cassio of Bianca,
A huswife that by selling her desires
Buys herself bread and clothes: it is a creature
That dotes on Cassio; as 'tis the strumpet's plague
To beguile many and be beguiled by one:
He, when he hears of her, cannot refrain
From the excess of laughter.” (4.1.19) Iago notes that Bianca's