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Othello is not a prejudice play but a play about prejudice. How is prejudiced revealed in the text? What was the quality of the moor's marriage before Iago poisoned his mind? Tell us about the characters and their quotations that reveal prejudice.

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English coursework Othello is not a prejudice play but a play about prejudice. How is prejudiced revealed in the text? What was the quality of the moor's marriage before Iago poisoned his mind? Tell us about the characters and their quotations that reveal prejudice. Shakespeare presents us racism early in the play the parts that use racism involve Brabantio, Iago and Roderigo. These parts are mainly said to Othello. Most of them stereotype him. The play is not about racial prejudice of racism; Othello is not destroyed by racism as he does not have any notice of the insults, because if he did then he would not still be with Desdemona. However, he still with her regarding that he leaves her and not with her just to have sex with or to make Brabantio upset when Othello first appears he is shown to be a worthy character and not the stereotypes of blacks as lustful and users of black magic. ...read more.

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Brabantio emphasizes the strangeness of Desdemona's behaviour, suggesting that she must be under the influence of drugs or witchcraft, and how it could stray from itself. So morally defective I think that this is prejudice because Brabantio is presuming that there is something wrong that is taking place behind closed doors. Also Brabantio does not know the truth and is judging what is going on, by the colour of Othello skin. This is a stereotype of 'black people' using black magic therefore as Brabantio knows this he now thinks that Othello is another black person using black magic. Brabantio is also being prejudice because he is angry and showing hatred towards Othello as he had taken his daughter away from him 'O thou foul thief. Where hast thou stowed my daughter' he is saying that Othello has stolen his daughter and has hidden her. Here Shakespeare has presented us with a more enlightened view of race. Today, the attitudes of 'racial mix' have changed, as people had been more welcomed in a different society. ...read more.

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had chosen another man, Cassio as his second-in-command (lieutenant) preferring him above Iago. However, Iago is a very different character from all the others in the play. As he is a friend to all- Othello's trusted 'ancient', Roderigo's ally, counsellor to the downcast Cassio, he is been most praised as 'honest Iago'. 'What a full fortune does the thick- lips owe' these words are said by Roderigo to Othello. 'What a full fortune' Roderigo tries to say ' what good use does your thick lips have'. The term 'thick lips' is said to Othello because of the size of his lips, an insulting reference to the man whom Iago calls 'the moor'- and an indication that he is Negroid. This scene of the play emphasizes Othello's colour. This is prejudice because Othello is black; Roderigo is saying that all black people have thick lips. I don't think that is always the case. If Roderigo had just said it to him in a way that it does not include his race then it would not have been a racial remark. ...read more.

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