Misogyny can be defined as the cultural mindset of hatred for females just due to the truth that they are female and are viewed as inferior to males in the Elizabethan society, due to the fact that of misogyny, females live in a society controlled by males. Shakespeare reveals his ideas of misogyny through the character of Iago, who throughout the play, constantly breaks down and manages Emilia, Iago likewise typically insults women in basic. Othello likewise shares his misogynistic views as he constantly strikes Desdemona in public and later accuses her of sleeping with Cassio
Act 5 scene 2 line 20 ‘So sweet was ne’er so fatal’ This reveals Desdemona’s sweetness has brought her to where she is now, causing her own death due to the fact that she has actually slept with another guy, can likewise be viewed as Othello explaining his kisses as deadly as they will be followed by murder however Desdemona is too sweet for him to handle. This contrast of Desdemona to something deadly offers the misogynistic view that she connects to evil and expresses Othello’s developed distaste for her. Act 1 Scene 1 ‘Awake! What, ho, Brabantio!
Burglars! Burglars! Thieves! Seek to your home, your daughter and your bags! Burglars! Burglars!’ Iago is calling Othello a thief as he has ran away with Desdemona, this can be viewed as misogynistic as Desdemona is considered to be the property of her daddy. This is followed up in act 2 where Brabantio screams ‘o thou nasty thief, where hast thou stow ‘d my daughter’, The reality that Desdemona is not provided a say in the affair till it was a final resort demonstrates how females are thought about lower than males in the hierarchy of life.
Act 1 Scene 3– line 10 ‘Want to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see/she has deceived her daddy, and may thee’ Brabantio is specifying that if Desdemona has actually deceived her dad and married a black male, it is possible that she will trick Othello as well. The concept in this quote reveals that an unruly child will make an unruly other half. The point is renewed in Act 3 scene 3– 18 where Iago states ‘she did trick her father, weding you’.
Shakespeare reveals this through making use of Look vs. Reality, where Desdemona is explained to be cheating on Othello whilst pretending to like him, highlighting the misogynistic theme of the play by offering Desdemona with the look of an unfaithful whore. Act 4 Scene 1– lines 187-198 ‘I will slice her into messes/Cuckold me!’ Othello is outraged at the rumors of Desdemona cheating on him, he is ashamed of this and seems like he has lost his masculinity