Men and Women on Stage Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Men and Women on Stage
A look at gender roles in three plays from different time periods.
# 38470 | 2,400 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper examines Shakespeare's "Othello", Susan Glaspell's "Trifles", and David Hwang's "M. Butterfly", to show how they illuminate both the role of women in society and the attitudes of men toward women. The paper highlights the differences between these three plays but notes that all develop conflict in terms of male-female relations, and all involve a strong sense of irony and tragedy mixed together.

From the Paper:

"Perhaps the most notable character trait in Othello is the one that seems the most anomalous--his trusting nature. Such a nature is unusual in a successful field general, someone who could be expected to trust only himself as a way of assuring success. Othello, however, places his trust in all his lieutenants, including Iago, someone who should not be trusted at all. If it were not for Othello's trusting nature, Iago's plot would not work at all.
"Othello trusts Desdemona as well, which is why his belief that she has betrayed him has such a devastating effect on him. If he were a less trusting individual, he might be cynical enough to pass it off as no more than he expected from her. Since he is not cynical but trusting, he is all the more hurt by this betrayal. He would not be looking for such a betrayal on his own and has instead been guided by Iago, and he does not mistrust Iago precisely because of his own trusting nature."

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