What forms of modern day violence against woman can be compared to the violence against women found in William Shakespeare's play Othello?

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In William Shakespeare's "Othello," the main character, Othello is a Moor, a term used in the period to refer to Arabs. The major act of violence against a woman is when Othello, misled by Iago to believe that Desdemona has committed adultery, and driven insane by jealousy, kills Desdemona in part to do what he considers preserving his own honour.

The obvious parallel to this is the tradition of "honour killing" in the contemporary world, particularly in the Middle East and South Asia, in which women and girls are killed for acts that men think may have injured the families honour, such as dressing immodestly, dating the wrong person, or sometimes just being a relative of a man who has offended the attackers' prejudices.


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