Shakespeare seems to percieve the women in Othello as strong but weak in many ways, however Bianca is simply understood as a 'whore' am i wrong?

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Shakespeare does seem to perceive the women in Othello as both strong and weak.  Clearly, Shakespeare follows the idea of the time period that women are a weaker sex.  They are fragile and more delicate than men (or so it was believed).  Shakespeare also shows women to have remarkable strengths and great character.  This is particularly true in the case of Desdemona and Emilia.  Bianca is not shown in the same light for several reasons.  First of all, Shakespeare does not develop the character of Bianca in the same way.  Bianca is more of a place holder than a true part of the story.  Bianca is also a courtesan.  This means she holds a different place in society than Desdemona, a gentlewoman, and Emilia, an attendant.  Bianca would be seen as little more than a mistress because that was her position in the play.


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