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Othello. Shakespeare recognizes Iagos and Roderigos color prejudice as a sordid manifestation of jealousy against an individual who has achieved higher recognition and status. Consequently, Iago uses racism as a means to achieve both an advantage an

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Color Coded Attributes Shakespearian plays provide the reader with a comprehensive look at the human condition, dealing with the virtues of men, their vices, and ultimately the factors that lead to their demise. In this manner, the characters of Shakespeare's Othello become symbols of honesty, jealously, love, deceit, nobility, and race. Within the first few lines of the play, the reader learns Iago's name, but remains unaware of his intentions. At this early point, the audience is dependent on Iago's and Roderigo's description of Othello, restricted to the described image of an uncivilized bestial Moor. The beginning of the play highlights stereotypical racial sentiments, however, Shakespeare uses Othello's entrance to juxtapose the tropes of race, with the image of an adroit soldier and an accomplished leader. Thus, Shakespeare recognizes Iago's and Roderigo's color prejudice as a sordid manifestation of jealousy against an individual who has achieved higher recognition and status. Consequently, Iago uses racism as a means to achieve both an advantage and authority over Othello in an attempt to control his actions and ideas. ...read more.


Even as Brabantio struggles to conceptualize his daughter's disobedience, his final expression of grief communicates a sense of anger at her deception and betrayal rather than the racial disparities of her marriage. In contrast, Othello uses composed, poetic, humble, and articulate diction. As a result, his character is clearly revealed through his speech. Although a Moor, in this scene Othello demonstrates nobility and valor, while Iago and Roderigo reveal their jealousy, as their characters are being continually exposed through the course of their actions and speeches. Shakespeare introduces color prejudices initially in the play; however, he continues to negate the prejudices reflected in the Iago and Roderigo's language. It is Iago, the white man, who is portrayed as amoral and anti-Christian, essentially barbaric towards Othello, who he envies and resents. After being passed over for the position he coveted, Iago assaults both the person who received the position and the system itself. He voices the timeserving bureaucrat's objection that promotion goes not by the "old graduation, where each second/ Stood heir to th' first," (1.i.37-38) ...read more.


He demonstrates that human judgment cannot be expected to penetrate the opacity of deception. Othello's language in the final scene shows his concern for release, for justice and punishment, his painful, enduring sense of love, which ensures that Desdemona, as a Christian, be permitted to confess to ensure salvation. Shakespeare's Othello demonstrates that nobility and valor, like jealousy and cowardice, are not the monopoly of any color. Iago and Roderigo's prejudice towards color is recognized as sordid. Their prejudice towards color is a means to masked their jealousy or feeling of mediocrity. Iago, also, uses racism against Othello as a means of degradation, since Othello demonstrates the nobility, courage, and individual skills Iago lacks. However, as the play unfolds, Othello begins to embody a raging sense of jealousy as he internalizes his wife as an adulteress. This animalistic rage denigrates his performance as a solider and ultimately causes his demise from nobility. Accordingly, Shakespeare's play Othello criticizes typical racial stereotypes by highlighting that these "barbaric" emotions are not caused by race or color, but are driven by hidden malice. ...read more.

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