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Othello: Is Racism the most important factor ?

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Othello is a tragedy which is a similarity to most of the plays Shakespeare has written. The play to me show that jealousy can lead to wickedness and can end terribly, but some elements of the play show racism and make the point of the play seem about that, this can this can change my perspective on the whole play every so often. The play is about a character (Othello) who is deeply in-love with his newly-wed wife (Desdemona), but the romantic side of the play is disrupted when his seemly best friend, Iago, the villain in this play and at the same time the right hand man of Othello, tricks him into believing that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. As Othello is a black man in a white society and is a soldier, Iago is thought to have betrayed hi own friend due to the racial views he has on black people. The play then ends tragically when Othello ends up taking Desdemona's life, Iago's life and his own. Part A Racism does play an important role; it is originating from not one, but several characters in the play as there are several scenes when characters refer to Othello in a racist way. ...read more.


He uses the race of Othello to try and turn people against him. Iago's character is definite to audience in the line "I am not what I am"( Act1 scene 1) , whilst talking to Roderigo. Roderigo should take this as a warning, but fails to. Everything Iago says to present himself is a false show. Already, the racial issues and themes which are the main parts of Othello's story and situation are beginning to start. Iago also compares Othello to a "Barbary horse"( Act1 scene 1) coupling with Desdemona, and uses animal imagery to reinforce a lustful picture of Othello, before this scene is through. Iago's statement is even more persuasive since it not only criticizes Othello for his so-called lust, but also plays on Brabantio's doubts about Othello's color, and foreigner status. The combination of black and white, in connection with the animal imagery, is meant to make this image very nauseating, and to provoke Brabantio. Singling out one important characteristic that highlights Othello's foreignness and black heritage, displays a racial disbelieve of Othello based on his color. Roderigo and Iago are not the only characters to display racism when referring to Othello; racism is a constant theme throughout the play, spreading misunderstanding and lies about Othello. ...read more.


He was prepared to waste his time and energy just to watch Othello happiness get destroyed and to see him miserable. He uses people's goodness, integrity, and ignorance to get what he wants. When Othello's position is higher through character and status, Iago becomes jealous and decides he must get rid of Othello. Iago is aware of the jealousy inside himself. Othello is a good man at heart, but is not aware of his evil and jealousy, and therefore will not be able to control it. Iago takes advantage of this and uses Othello's trust to manipulate Othello into revealing his true character. Iago, like any great manipulator, moves indirectly so he is never suspected. He uses Roderigo to get to Cassio, Desdemona, and Othello. Once the peace is disrupted, Iago moves directly to Othello. Othello is not easily provoked into jealousy , but when Iago starts his subtle insinuations then its not too long after that Othello starts to identify in himself the possible reasons for Desdemona's love to wonder. The main reason of these is his colour. "Haply, for I am black." So due to him thinking this is the cause for Desdemona to supposedly be cheating on him he begins to feel more paranoid and whenever he sees them together normally he would be ok with it but after hearing the implication he starts to get more and more suspicious. ...read more.

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