Major themes in Othello
Valuable for the alliances they could command in the marriage market, women were . Iago seems to have some insight into Bianca's relationship with Cassio. Bianca is a prostitute looking for love, which she foolishly thinks that Cassio can in hiding, listens to what Cassio says about his relationship with Desdemona. Cassio and Bianca are an example of a solely physical male-female relationship. Bianca is a prostitute and so Cassio uses her only sexual pleasure.
She thanked me, And bade me, if I had a friend that loved her, I should but teach him how to tell my story, And that would woo her. Clearly marriage to Othello would have offered a much more interesting life than the one she had been living up to that point.
The Desdemona the audience encounters has been set free by marriage to the man she loves. Othello appreciates her vivacity: To say my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company, Is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well; Where virtue is, these are more virtuous: Act 3 Scene 3 The problem for Desdemona is that she is too open with her feelings.
Trusting that her husband adores her as she does him, she has no reason to deceive or hide them after the restraint of life with her father. She feels safe to ask for him to change his mind over their friend. Ironically, it is her innocence and easy physical affection which makes her husband convinced of her unfaithfulness. And when Othello turns on her in Act 4 Scene 2, accusing her of unfaithfulness, she goes as far as she dare as a loyal, submissive wife: Upon my knees, what doth your speech import?
I understand a fury in your words, But not the words. Why, what art thou? Your wife, my lord, your true and loyal wife. Come, swear it, damn thyself. Heaven doth truly know it. She cannot call him a liar without increasing his anger, and as a wife she has no other options.
Explore the different attitudes towards women in Othello
But these are the words of a loving, loyal wife who is struggling to restore truth to their relationship, even as Othello wrongs her. That love protects her husband as she is gasping her last breath, with her lie to Emilia that she had killed herself so that Othello would not be punished for what he had done.
No wife could do more for her husband than she did. Emilia Repression Emilia is under even more restraint than Desdemona. She is subject not just to a repressive, suspicious husband, but also to her mistress and, above her, Othello as well.
However, these components are either scarce or missing in Othello. Othello has a strong heart of a lion but in terms of personal relationships, he turns out to be a weakling with very little patience and confidence. Iago can hardly think with integrity, so he does not have much respect for these things.
Overall, personal relationships in Othello are a bad mess and there is no clearing or getting out, just more and more mess. Love and hatred Love and hatred are at the core of Othello. On the one side, there is intense love and on the other, equally intense hatred.
Bianca in Othello: Character Analysis & Quotes
Othello and Desdemona fall in love and their love remains deep and true until Iago has injected poison into their relationship. The entire drama is filled with episodes of love and hatred. As she tries to comfort Cassio, Iago tends to his business. He binds Cassio's wound, calls for a chair the kind that is carried as we carry a stretcherpretends to be surprised that Roderigo is the dead villain, and twice more tries to throw suspicion on Bianca.
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When the help that Iago called for arrives, Cassio and the body of Roderigo are taken away. Just then Emilia enters and asks what's wrong. Iago explains, of course without mentioning that he caused it all, then again tries to pin everything on Bianca.
He tells Emilia to go find out where Cassio had supper, then asks Bianca, "What, do you shake at that? Bianca, however, isn't buffaloed and answers, "He supp'd at my house; but I therefore shake not" 5.
And when Emilia calls her a "strumpet," she replies that she's just as honest as Emilia and Iago. Nevertheless, she has to go with Iago to answer questions.
This is the last we see of her, and she's not mentioned again.