To what extent are issues of gender central to the tragedy of Othello? This is the question for my coursework essay due very, very soon. At first we were told to do a plan, and I was pretty confident...

To what extent are issues of gender central to the tragedy of Othello?

This is the question for my coursework essay due very, very soon. At first we were told to do a plan, and I was pretty confident with it. But then my teacher completely made a new plan, by picking out quotes from my plan and wrote different comments, and giving different views. It's great, because he showed that there are deeper meanings to them than what I initially saw. The problem now is that I am so confused! I've started writing my first draft, but things are everywhere. Very disorganised and ughh I just don't know what and how to write it anymore.

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It's difficult to help you without knowing your plan for writing (I don't want to confuse you more!), so I'll just present some important issues for you to consider.  (I'm assuming that you're already examining the relationship between Desdemona and Othello.)  Here are some other things to consider:

It's interesting to look at Emilia's relationship with Iago.  Specifically, Emilia's willingness to take Desdemona's handkerchief (and to look on as Othello reprimands Desdemona for losing it) certainly suggests some level of subservience ("I nothing but to please his fantasy" (3.3.343).)  In Act 5, though, Emilia repeats that though it is generally "proper" that she obey her husband, she will not do so...

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