Desdemona, Bianca and Emilia Analytical Essay

Desdemona, Bianca and Emilia
An analysis of the female characters of Desdemona, Bianca and Emilia from William Shakespeare's "Othello".
# 104978 | 1,192 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jun 26, 2008 in English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Othello)

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This paper discusses how, in William Shakespeare's "Othello", Desdemona, Bianca, and Emilia, the three main female individuals, are shown in different lights through the usage of both uplifting and demeaning descriptions. It looks at how Desdemona's humble and benevolent character is contrasted greatly against the harsh words used by Othello to describe her, how Emilia's outgoing and outspoken personality is revealed when speaking to both Desdemona and Iago and how Bianca's allegiance to Cassio differs significantly from her darker hypocritical side. It also analyzes how all three female characters reflect their personas through their actions, displaying their emotional outpourings, opinions on controversial issues, as well as their strengths and weaknesses.

From the Paper:

"The main object of affection is Desdemona, the one woman who is known by all men as the wife of Othello. She is called by Othello "gentle" (I.I.28) as well as "gentle mistress" (I.3.205) by Brabantio. Cassio describes her as "a most exquisite lady" who is "most fresh and delicate creature" (2.3.20, 22-23). Desdemona displays her gentleness through her actions with her father and Othello. She attempts to be diplomatic and faithful to the people she most loves, especially when she is confronted by her father about Othello (I.3.208- 218). She is "bound" to her father "for life and education," showing how loyal and grateful she is towards to her father for raising her as a notable parent. Desdemona also believes that she should take the role that her mother once took by stating that she must upkeep the "duty" by "preferring you (Brabantio) before her father.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. Othello. New York: Washington Square Press Publication, 1993.

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