Striving to Be a Good Wife While Maintaining Life In Shakespeare?s Othello, the role women play greatly intensifies the climactic tragedy. Each of the main characters in the play, Othello, Cassio, and Iago, have a woman shadowing them playing their own significant roles. Each of the women is obligated to maintain their loyalty to their husbands. There are many different avenues that can be taken to see the roles the women, Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca, play. By focusing on these three women as the story unfolds we see the importance of women in Othello. Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca play roles as faithful, honest, and loyal to their husbands to their death?s and beyond.
By analyzing Bianca and Cassio?s relationship, it seems that Bianca strived to create a more intimate and personal relationship with her passive and distant lover. An example of this is in Act 4 when Bianca questions Cassio of his whereabouts: Bianca: ?Save you, friend Cassio! Cassio: ?What makes you from home?...Bianca:
?And I was going to your lodging, Cassio. What, keep a week away? Seven days and nights, Eightscore eight hours, and lovers? absent hours More tedious than the dial eightscore times?... Cassio: ?Pardon me, Bianca. I have this while with this leaden thoughts been pressed, but I shall in more continuate time Strike off this sorce of absence... ? (4.3).
It is then that Cassio gives Bianca a ?token of his love.? When she receives this ?token,? Bianca becomes blatantly offended and begins to accuse Cassio of womanizing without her knowledge. Bianca?s doubting of Cassio is an astounding reaction due to her own infidelity towards her husband. Cassio and Bianca reveal the typical stereotype of this time where a woman is only important for physically fulfilling Cassio. Of the three...