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Othello. Racial mixing, functions as a crucial foundation, providing a catalyst for Othellos destruction. The notion of racial mixing arises through Othellos acceptance of certain Venetian traits, while still retaining aspects of his own cultu

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Introduction

Othello William Shakespeare's Othello has the ability to speak to audiences from different eras and contexts because he is vitally interested in the exploration of the human condition. Through his characters, he is able to dramatise such ideas and emotions as a hero's tragic downfall and marginalisation of certain groups of the society. While certainly reflecting the values of his Jacobean context, contemporary audiences are still affected by the plight of his tragic hero. (elaborate) In the play, Othello is characterised as an honourable man of high status, overcome and undermined by the deceitful actions of the antagonist, Iago. The high opinion of Othello is reinforced by the conduct of the Duke in the first Act, as he fails to notice Brabantio, "I did not see you: welcome, gentle signor", in his fervor of greeting Othello. This hasty reception portrays a direct contrast to the warm and respectful tones with which Othello is addressed: "Valiant Othello, we must straight employ you!" ...read more.

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Also, the manner in which Iago speaks to the camera, during his soliloquies, with his direct, determined gaze, allows responders to realise his sly intentions. Hence, contemporary viewers can see that Othello's downfall was inevitable due to the circumstances. Furthermore, Othello offers a deep insight to the marginalisation and suppression of those who differ from the dominant culture, in terms of race, culture, or societal standing. The tragic demise of Othello, a black man residing within a white society, can be justified through the play, as his insecurities and vulnerabilities, derived from racial differences, are exploited. Racial mixing, functions as a crucial foundation, providing a catalyst for Othello's destruction. The notion of "racial mixing" arises through Othello's acceptance of certain Venetian traits, while still retaining aspects of his own cultural background. As a result, Othello becomes an amalgamation of European and African cultures. This can be clearly seen in Parker's film, through costuming, as Othello's alien origins are emphasised clearly through the incongruity of his visible battle scars, African tattoos and jewellery, and bald head. ...read more.

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Large aspects of the play highlight and oppose some of the traditionally accepted viewpoints of the play, in particular the roles of women and men. A stereotypical view regards women as the emotional, weak and submissive sex, resulting in their elimination from positions of high power. Women were seen as objects, to be used or manipulated, a view upheld through Iago's line: "Look to your house, your daughters, and your bags", as he likens women to mere possessions. In contrast, the male was traditionally seen as the stronger, wiser, and more reliable of the sexes, who should be involved in the processes of leadership and planning, as demonstrated by Lodovico's praise of Othello: "the noble Moor, whom our full Senate call all-in-all-sufficient". Thus, we can see how Othello examines how women are economically, socially, politically and psychologically oppressed in a Patriarchal society. Base use of animal imagery by Iago demonstrates the common stance on women: "wild-cats in your kitchens...players in your housewifery, and housewives in your beds." ...read more.

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