4.Brabantio’s comments to Othello regarding Desdemona in 1.3 are a cautionary warning that she may betray her husband, having already betrayed her father. What does this reveal about Venetian society’s attitude toward women and connect to the tragedy at the end of the play?
As a father, Brabantio warns Othello that her daughter, Desdemona, may betray him. It is something that seems to be unreasonable. A father does not protect his daughter’s reputation but choose to ruins it. One of the reason is that he thinks Desdemona choose to love Othello is an act that betrayed her father. He chooses to be ruthless and does not care about his daughter. What he have said might not be the direct cause of his daughter’s death, but that has planted a seed of suspicion in Othello’s mind. In the other word, he is also been responsible for his daughter’s death.
Just like Desdemona, Emilia, the wife to Iago does not have a good ending. These two female character has shown that women do not have a social position in Venetian society at that time. They can not even control their lives. Even their Father and husband do not really loves or respect them. If Brabantio loves his daughter, he would not say such thing to Othello. If Othello really loves and respect his wives, he would not kill her. The Tragedy is actually an image of the helpless women who live in a man-dominated society.