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O, behold,
The riches of the ship is come on shore!
Ye men of Cyprus, let her have your knees.
Hail to thee, lady! and the grace of heaven,
Before, behind thee, and on every hand,
Enwheel thee round!

How would a feminist reader interpret Cassio’s comments about Desdemona?


Cassio is misogynistic and represents the male gaze when he says, “O, behold.”


Cassio’s attempts to honor Desdemona’s arrival objectifies her by referring to her as “the riches.”


The men of Cyprus give up their patriarchal power as they bow to Desdemona.


Desdemona defies gender stereotypes by leaving her home to settle on the war-torn island of Cyprus.


Cassio’s hailing and blessing of Desdemona temporarily reverse the power hierarchy of men and women in this scene.

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