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Is Othello a racist play?

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IS OTHELLO A RACIST PLAY? Othello is a play in Elizabethan times into Jacobean times. During this time all of Britain was racist and almost all of them weren't exposed to people different from them some of them believed that the "moors" didn't even exist and was a myth. When Shakespeare wrote the play he was careful not to base the play in Britain as none of the Elizabethans would watch it, instead as there was a lot of trading going on in Venice between North Africa Shakespeare thought that this was a most suitable place as the Venetians would obviously be dealing in slave trade. ...read more.


Here we can clearly see that Elizabeth herself was quite racist. Shakespeare had to know audiences' tastes as the Elizabethans were quite sensitive to this kind of things. They would except that a black man would be lucky enough to get a chance to stay in Venice but he actually being someone of such a high position as a general is madness so before bringing Othello out he had to make Iago seem to plan everything so that it wouldn't seem too shocking for the audience to see Othello. ...read more.


Iago uses racism all throughout the play he doesn't actually tell Othello to his face but criticises him from the back. Writer Paul Roberson who is well known says "Othello wasn't meant to be racist but Shakespeare had to let the public know that all humans are the same" (article from the internet). I my self think that Othello is not a racist play because Shakespeare had tried very much to make the audience realise they should not judge a book by its cover. The play is mostly based around evil men, stirrers and jealousy and partly around love but it is destroyed. ...read more.

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