I from Kurdistan,Iraq my teacher says that this drama mixture of western and eastern culture, so there are different points of view e.g othello from east and his way of thinking is different from the others (the western people) in eastern culture the man, let me say, is the master of the house and the woman should obey her husband and most of the time the women become victim of any simple gossip or rumour and the will be murdered, while in western culture there is more freedom.I ask about the western woman in Shakespeare's time. I would be grateful for answering me, and excuse me since my English is not so good.
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I think that there could be much truth to what your etcher said. Othello is a good example of a patriarchal (male dominated) point of view in Shakespeare's works. My old teacher in University used to call this the Madonna/ hoar complex. This being that the male sees the women as either something to be worshiped or something unworthy of anything.
Sorry, I should elaborate (give you more detail) further. Othello worshipped Desdemona as long as she lived within the very narrow definition or context of his understanding of women. Othello sees the world in absolutes. Either he worships the ground Desdemona walks on or Desdemona becomes trash; there is no in between, "But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again." In this sense there is the sense of ownership of women for which you speak of. Desdemona is initially a jewel but still a thing to be owned. When Othello perceives himself the dreaded "cuckold" (Man whose wife cheats on him), Desdemona becomes a possession to be destroyed. Of course when Othello discovers he has been tricked, Desdemona becomes his jewel again. Unfortunately he has killed her. I have spent a brief time in the Middle East and have seen this very male dominated mentality, this sense of ownership of women. Shakespeare used this motif in many of his plays but none so profound as in Othello. I know your English isn't very good so if you have more questions I can try to be simpler.