Othello

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Brittney Shaffer
Mr. Alex Perez
ENC 1102
10 February, 2011
Manhood and Honor
William Shakespeare, in his 1603 play, “Othello” shows a lot of different emotions and themes. The one that truly caught my attention was Manhood and Honor and the similarity in them from that century to ours. Between 1603 and 2011 manhood is still pretty much how much respect others have for you, and how highly you are looked at. Honor is a well known term these days due to the military service men and women, firefighters, police officers, and paramedics. However, instead of calling them honorable like back then, their referred to now as hero’s, or life savers.

Once learning about Othello’s marriage, Iago calls upon Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, hoping that he may be able to stop this or at least bid his daughters otherwise. Iago calls to him” Zounds sir, you’re robbed. For shame, put on your gown! Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise! Awake the snorting citizens with the bell, or else the devil will make a grandshire of you. Arise, I say!” (Shakespeare 1251) When saying this to any man you are pretty much spitting on their face and telling them they are being disrespected by their own daughter. However in this case Brabantio is senator, and makes him look even worse than any other man. In those times you had to ask for a daughters hand in marriage or either she was told who she would marry. Since she never told her father she was getting married it made Brabantio look as if his own daughter didn’t respect him, so why should anyone else.

Since Cassio is Othello’s first hand man, or lieutenant, Iago tries to break his manhood and honor by getting him drunk. Iago wants close to Othello to sabotage his marriage and believes if Cassio loses his honor, or respect, then he would become lieutenant and Othello’s right hand man. Iago breaks Cassio down by getting him drunk, but Cassio tries to recover before he leaves by saying, “Do not...
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