Emilia's Speech In "Othello" And Its Teachings

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Emilia's speech and its teachings.

In the play Othello The Moor of Venice, by William Shakespeare, Emilia's speech (4.3.84-103) has been called renaissance plea to women's liberation. This is because she tells of what she has experienced with her husband Iago, and what is bound to happen to her mistress Desdemona. Comparing their both lives in her speech, it vividly explains what happens to so many women in who are in a relationship, who find themselves in the same problem. According to her speech, there are some married women who do cheat on their husbands, there are problems in marriage relationships that men are the cause of them and she warns men that women can do what men can do.

There must have been a good reason that made Iago suspect his wife Emilia to be unfaithful with Othello, making him a bitter person who wanted to revenge so bad to Othello. Emilia admits that she can sleep cheat on her husband to make him a "monarch" (4.3.75-77). Also she say can cheat not in the daylight but when there is darkness (4.3.67-68), this means she can cheat as long as nobody else knows what she has done. With this in mind, there is a possibility that Emilia had slept with Othello so that his husband could be promoted, and Iago happened to know what had happened and felt bad that even after what his might have done, Othello still didn't promote him giving him a reason seek revenge (Karigo). To Emilia, the power of doing something for sake of the one you love is new form expression that a woman of their age and new age still battle with, but sometimes it works.

Emilia didn't have a very wonderful marriage relationship with her husband Iago. She wished for more because she really loved Iago and did some bad things like stealing the handkerchief that she knew meant so much to Desdemona just to make Iago happy, of which she did not notice(3.3.297-320). In another incident where Emilia is not appreciated by her husband, is seen when Iago is ready to compose a poem for Desdemona, because she is beautiful but refuses to do the same thing to Emilia, his wife (2.1.117-134). According to Emilia, men are the cause of many...

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