Analysis Of Othello And Titus Andronicus By William Shakespeare

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There is something about Shakespeare that entices people to feel venomous towards his work. When reading or viewing adaptations of his work, the audience is compulsively drawn into the story. Especially in his early works, Shakespeare is blatant with violence, which is disturbing to the audience. Yet, the audience is entranced even more as they try to find out how Shakespeare creates his plays to be so tyrannical. Shakespeare is an effective playwright because of one simple fact: he is a tyrant. In plays like Othello and Titus Andronicus, by the control of all characters, Shakespeare uses racism and the treatment of women to entreat and entertain the audience through acts of tyranny until the hero and those with the purest of hearts are destroyed.…show more content…
He writes the speech of almost all that show the Moors in a negative aspect. If it was not for the racism Shakespeare wrote towards them, the Moors might not have committed their violent acts. In Othello, the audience is introduced to a fantastic general who has just won a major battle and has received a commission to fight the Turks in Cyprus (Othello,1.2). Normally, a general of that many accolades would be highly regarded and would have the pick of any woman in Venice as his bride. However he is a Moor. This has society look down upon him and view him as brilliant, but inferior. Othello is referred to as “Barbary horse”, “lascivious Moor”, and “foul thief”. (Othello, 1.1.125/141, 1.2.80) What makes the description of these words so appalling is that they are uttered by Barabantio, who welcomed him like a son, and Iago, one of Othello’s most trusted advisors. Shakespeare allows these two characters to verbally tarnish the reputation of Othello so that by the time Desdemona is murdered, Othello is seen as a…show more content…
When Tamora has Aaron’s baby, she delivers it to Aaron to have him killed as the baby is “A joyless, dismal, black, and sorrowful issue!/…,as loathsome as a toad” (Titus Andronicus, 4.2.69-70). Aaron can handle disparaging remarks about himself as that drives him to commit atrocious acts of violence. However, threating the life of his child changes his goals from the annihilation of the Andronicus family, to the annihilation of Tamora. Aaron seeks out the Goths, led by Lucius, just to tell the truth of events that threw the Andronicus family in turmoil just for the protection of his son (Titus Andronicus, 5.1). It is not really tyrannical that Shakespeare wrote the characters to view Aaron negatively, as the audience knew the atrocities that Aaron was committing throughout the play. However, Shakespeare is tyrannical because he invokes racism towards an innocent child, whose only crime was that he was born from an empress and a moor and who’s skin was not light enough to pass as the child of Saturninus. Shakespeare authorized the death of the child who would be dead if it wasn’t for the intervention of Aaron with the nurse and

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