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What extent does racism contribute to Othello's downfall?

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Introduction

At the time of Shakespeare, there were only few blacks lived in Britain and they treated in a different way by their society, as they were different by colour. The point of view towards them was very mixed, strangeness and mystery. Also fear, distrust and hostility towards blacks seem to be at this time. They believed that the blacks descendants of Ham in the Genes story, punished for sexual excess by their blackness. Moreover black people tempt to be courage, pride and easily aroused passions. In medieval England, black people introduced into plays and folk dancing. They often attend to appear as villains in the play. The importance given to these characters because of the unusual affects which their contrasting colour provided, since their colour was black it invented the evilness meant for their characters. Therefore they tend to grow as black villain heroes. The Shakespearean tragedy, Othello, was written and set during the mid 16th century. The play has set in Cyprus and Venice. Shakespeare intends to break the stereotype of black characters through this play. ...read more.

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Othello has been refereed to "as his moor" or "thick lips" on many occasions by Iago and Roderigo, this shows that they don't have respect for him as a person or either a general. When Iago says, "I hate the moor" it proves his hatred towards Othello. Iago dislikes Othello partly because Othello has promoted Cassio instead of him due to his breeding. Another reason is that Iago thinks that Othello has an affair with Emilia who is the wife of Iago. The quote "I may profess due to the Moor my lord" by Desdemona. In this scene Othello shows his heroic nature when he stand up to Brabantio about his marriage to Desdemona. Here he proves that to be a noble character. People are more shocked by Othello's appearance on the stage. When Brabantio says, "Where hast thou stowed my daughter", Othello remains calm. This shows that he respects Desdemona's dad and he thinks that her dad will stand by his decisions. ...read more.

Conclusion

Iago begins to talk more about this to Othello, which makes Othello even uneasier. Othello begins to ask questions as he was curious to believe Iago and he lets himself become increasingly jealousy. Iago's speech is very ironic, since it points out Othello's fatal flaw, and this seems to be the main goal of Othello's tragedy. Othello easily lets him self to ruled by Iago's manipulation. Othello then says that he believes his wife is virtuous, which means that Iago finally reached his target. Iago no longer use his tactics, he comes with the point straight away. He openly says that Desdemona and Cassio are having affair. (Line 190). However, Othello also blamed for the cause of this tragedy. He allows himself to trust Iago, this is due to the insecurity which he had suspicion from the very beginning, but he never tend to talk this openly to Desdemona instead of testing her. Jealousy plays a big part of this course, Othello believed widely that Desdemona has become tired of him and therefore she has being seeing Cassio. Also Othello thinks that Cassio is aiming to kill him. Pauline Alagarajah 11 mur Othello (English) ...read more.

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