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Othello In William Shakespeare's Play Essay

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Othello in William Shakespeare's Play Most of the characters in "Othello" perceive Othello as unclean and
inhuman using words like "Moor"; from this Shakespeare shows the
issues of society some are subtext to limit any argument.

This play portrays racist characters, but in no way supports racism.
The two characters whose dislikes of Othello are simply racist,
Rodrigo and ...view middle of the document...

Brabantio racism is clear-he claims that he simply cannot believe that
Desdemona would be attracted to the Moor unless her reason and senses
were blinded. Yet, it is possible that Brabantio is not being sincere.
He may feel that he needs to accuse Othello of a crime more serious
than elopement because he not being sincere. He may feel that he needs
to accuse Othello of a crime more serious than elopement because he
knows the duke will overlook Othello's infraction otherwise. Brabantio
says "her father loved me oft invited me" shows that Brabantio is a
hypocrite because Othello is not good enough to love his daughter. We
as audience will feel sympathetic towards the situation Othello was
put through.

In the play it is accepted that Othello is not conventionally
good-looking; his colour makes him unattractive or frightening it is
often linked with the ideas of bestiality or devilishness. But this
point is made to show by contrast as it were the great beauty of his
speech and the nobility of his character: this point is made most
clearly by Desdemona: "I saw Othello's visage (face) in his mind".
However the marriage is destroyed by the extreme wickedness of Iago.
Desdemona's love for Othello must be passionate because she is going
against her father and culture of her time. "I did love the moor" here
Desdemona still refers to her husband to the moor yet she loves him,
this shows racism of the society

A racist remark is made from the duke, he says "your son in law is far
more fair than black" however Othello accept this as a compliment. I
think Othello accept it as a compliment because he was the duke he's
happy that he and Desdemona don't need hide and possibly that he has
heard worst.

We as the audience have sympathy towards Othello when he tells us his
life sorry. Othello told Brabantio "even from his (me) boyish days"
and told him of his

"Disastrous chances" wherein of autres vast and deserts an idle" shows
that he had some good and bad times. He also talks of cannibal people.
From his history we can say that Othello based his life on work and
been through a lot of experiences. Othello shows his background
through the use of military term in his speech such as "lead and font

Othello is a gentle man we see this by the way he speaks "I love thee
gentle Desdemona" he shows respect towards Desdemona, which wasn't
that common for a man to respect a women Othello sometimes makes a
point of presenting himself as an outsider, whether because he
recognizes his exotic appeal or because he is self-conscious of and
defensive about his difference from other Venetians. For example, in
spite of his obvious eloquence in Act I, scene iii, he protests, "Rude
am I in my speech, / And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace"
While Othello is never rude in his speech, he does...

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