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  • OTHELLO: CONTEXT
    • Women
      • Very much a patriarchy
      • Women considered possessions and incapable of rational thought
        • Desdemona's submission to Othello is explained, this is the expectation
          • Desdemona changes throughout the play, at the beginning she is head strong and outspoken but by the end she simply conforms and submits to her jealous husband
            • However her outspoken nature in 1,iii contrasts this, presenting the strength of the female voice and her disregard for societal expectations
        • However her outspoken nature in 1,iii contrasts this, presenting the strength of the female voice and her disregard for societal expectations
      • Outspoken women often tortured
      • Shakespeare  often portrayed women as strong minded
        • As with Desdemona and Emilia
    • Shakespeare
    • Tragic form
      • The Tragic Flaw
        • Othello's tragic flaw is said to be his jealousy, however it could be considered to be his insecurity in his race, or a combination of the two
      • Domestic Tragedy
        • Explores the fall of the 'average man', as opposed to one of nobility
          • This emphasises Othello's fall as he earned his nobility through his respect from his peers, especially considering his social disadvantage
      • Tragic Structure
        • The classic Shakespearean tragedy is structured into 5 predictable acts
          • 1. Eposition
            • 2. Introduction of complication
              • 3. The climax
                • 4. Further development
                  • 5. Catharsis
    • Elizabethan England and the Renaissance
      • Set initially in venice, centre of renaissance culture
      • Golden age of literature
      • Period of sociopolitical change, with attitudes toward contemporary issues changing
        • How would this affect the perspective on Othello and his Foreign origin?
    • Race and nationalism
      • Elizabethans viewed foreigners as suspicious
      • Elizabeth I issued the removal of all 'moors' as they were considered an 'annoyance'
        • Suggests why Othello is portrayed to be so self conscious about his race
      • Many believed black people were only fit to be slaves
        • Perhaps this adds to the tragedy of Othello, with him being a nobleman of foreign origin

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