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Women in Othello- difficult question

Asked by curlykinks | Feb 20, 2008 | AS Level > English > Coursework
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curlykinks asks:

I have been given this essay question and told to some critical interpretations. I'm really stuck, can you help me at all? with a plan or critics?
Shakespeare has presented the 3 female characters merely as stereotypes: Desdemona
the goddess, Emilia the wife and Bianca the whore. Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca
are complex characterisations.Discuss these 2 views in relation to the text. What do
you think about the ways Shakespeare presents these characters?

etutor answers:

You need to challenge each of these perspectives as each is more complicated than the simple one word description given of them.

You should read how these women characters are described on each of the following sites:

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/topic_quicklearn.asp?loc=ql&topic_id=1&quicklearn_id=1&subject_id=4&ebt=29&ebn=&ebs=&ebl=&elc=13

http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/othello/canalysis.html

 

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