Both Cassio and Iago think of women as inferior and mistreat female characters in the play.
Cassio's misogyny seems to be limited to Bianca, who is a prostitute. Bianca's social standing means that Cassio does not take her seriously as a romantic partner and even laughs at the suggestion that she would want to marry him. When Bianca suspects the handkerchief he gives her has once belonged to another woman. She thinks it originally belonged to someone who Cassio pursued before, and emotionally questions Cassio about his dishonesty. Cassio, however, does not seem too concerned. He does not value Bianca as a partner. On the other hand, Cassio is respectful and practices social propriety toward Desdemona.
Iago is cruel toward all of the female characters he encounters. He calls women "whores" and "strumpets" (as does Othello ) and likes to make inappropriate and bawdy jokes about sexual relations between Othello and Desdemona, who are married. Of course, he plots against Othello by making...
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