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Explore The Presentation Of The Challenges Of Morality In Shakespeare’s Othello, Bronte’s Jane Eyre And Shelley’s Frankenstein

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The presentation of moral courage leads Emilia’s Speech and Felix’s actions to challenge the social and religious morality of their time. For instance, Emilia’s Speech establishes her cynicism towards men as Shakespeare’s lexical choice of ‘would not’ demonstrates that without the contraction displayed, it highlights Emilia willingly not to ‘marry.’ Therefore, her courage to challenge the social and religious morality of her time establishes that she disobeys with the main principle that “Wives submit/to husbands/the Lord” knowing that marriage is an obligation and her refusal demonstrates that she has “sense like the men.” This is evident as compared to the “Fair” Desdemona who does ‘displease’ men it establishes that she has respect and authority because of Othello. Whereas, Emilia lives in Desdemona’s shadow and has a contradictory personality to which her loyalty is divided,[between Iago and Desdemona] similar but different to Desdemona’s “divided duty” to her husband and father.
Respectively, Some feminists call Emilia’s Speech a “woman’s liberation” in a sense it can be with her questioning her role in society, but Shakespeare only focuses on the use of Emilia’s voice when men are not around. When Iago forced her to steal the handkerchief, she was willingly able to do so as she wanted to please his “fantasy.” However now, her mistreatment from Iago has brought her to think radically. Alongside this, Iago accuses Emilia of having an affair [“wife for a wife”] but there is no evidence to suffice this, as although Emilia speaks radically about the separation of genders. Her actions arguably do not lead her to challenge her morality, this is evident when Emilia states, ‘Heavenly light’ indicating that she wants to break free, but appearance and status in a society condemns it as far more important in what she believes or wants as a woman.
Similarly to Frankenstein as interracial relationships, according to Colossians 3:11, states “Neither barbarian/Christ is all” demonstrating that Victor’s relationship with Safie is prohibited in that society, as there was much Anti-Turkism in the 16th/17th century which is evident with the time period in Othello [Cyprus vs. Turkey]. The term ‘barbarian’ corresponds to how Emilia perceives men, as Shakespeare’s lexical choice of the verb/noun ‘hungrily/belch’ demonstrates the metaphorical reference of “food to their stomachs” only shows how women were subjected to men and refers to men with race as beasts [Moor/Barbarian]. However, Felix knows that his love with Safie is forbidden, as the Delancey’s living in France, demonstrates a country that had tension with Turkey as Voltaire states that the Turkish are ‘barbarians’ demonstrating that the ‘son bred in country’ was willing to turn against his religion and society all for the name of love.
Correspondingly to Othello, Emilia’s actions further leads her to challenge the social and religious morality as her mistreatment from Iago spirals her...

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