Othello was the perfect example of power, which was not a normal presentation of African Americans. By making Othello a black leader, it rebelled the stereotyped norms of a black character, usually being the bad guy in books. Despite all the false allegations stating that Shakespeare is racist, Othello emphasizes the author’s insight into human equality through jealousy, revenge, and the use of prejudice. One of the main characters, Iago, who is Othello’s advisor and standard-bearer, also plays the role of a racist and jealous villain. He despises Othello, because he passed him up for a promotion to be lieutenant.
Iago tells Rodrigo of his hatred toward the moor for passing him up for a promotion. Beside himself, Rodrigo exclaims “What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe if he can carry’t thou.” (2) Here, Shakespeare begins to depict the ... ... middle of paper ... ...peare’s plays tend to have one specific character that influences the others in one way or another. In Othello, Iago plays this role. Othello has done nothing wrong, except that he is black and comes from another culture. Because he is black, Brabantio does not want his daughter married to him.
Ideas about Othello In what way is this play about race? Considering that the protagonist is black, it brings in the idea of isolation. It is an important part of the play as he is isolated, placed on a pedestal so his fall is even more dramatic. In effect Shakespeare isolates the issue that racial prejudice is a timeless issue that will continue through time. Insecurity and vulnerability, allows Iago to attack him, makes relationship between Desdemona and Othello foundations shaky.
Throughout King Lear, Shakespeare gives the reader small moments of human goodness to contrast the evil in the play. L.C. Knights describes it as "affirmation in spite of everything," (Coyle). These affirmative actions are clearly seen in response to the immorality, twisted values and evil that are so common throughout this play. These moments are used to give the reader an underlying faith in the human spirit despite the clear role of immorality and a lack of values.
In this alienation comes insecurities; Othello cannot help but to be... ... middle of paper ... ...his proclamations on Desdemona’s infidelity and hating the appropriate people, Othello is seeking Iago’s acceptance. He is trying subconsciously to appeal to Iago’s better nature even though Iago’s actions contribute to Othello’s demise. Because Iago is white and Othello is black, the events that incur are inevitable. William Shakespeare’s “Othello” is a change from the norm in regards to play write in regards to race. Because Othello is black, Shakespeare was able to open up to new means of producing extreme emotions from the cast.
‘Now we go in content… To liberty and not to banishment.’ (Act I, Scene III) When leaving the court, Rosalind dresses as a male figure primarily to escape the haunting... ... middle of paper ... ... of the importance of the distinction between appearance and reality, Shakespeare concluded the play on a note of Rosalind seeking sanction from the audience, which espouses the melodramatic world that was created in the play. Rosalind was a very powerful character. She was able to experience emotions not confined by the preconceived role her gender assigned her. The tension that Shakespeare created between appearance versus reality was a reflection of the prejudiced assumptions individuals have on one another. The foundations Shakespeare built of characters and settings deciphered, that circumstances are not always a they seem.
In the beginning of the story, the narrator’s grandfather says that the only way to make racism become extinct that African Americans should be overly nice to whites. The Exhorter named Ras had different beliefs of the blacks rising up to the whites and take power from the whites. Even though these thoughts come from the black community to take the freedom from the whites, the stories reveals that the are just as dangerous as the whites being racist. The narrator has such a hard time throughout the whole story exploring his identity. While doing so, it demonstrates how so many blacks are betraying their race because the have such a hard time dealing with it.
Moreover, the scene when Desdemona father discovers that her and Othello are married demonstrates that a black body should not affiliate itself with a white one in any way. There is an invisible race boundary that exists and Othello is breaking it by being with a white woman. He is stealing a white w... ... middle of paper ... ...with the Devil, it is an unorthodox practice and Othello living in a Christianity realm can easily be convicted and killed for such practice. The play Othello revolves around the theme of race, this play dehumanizes blacks in order to explore white ambiguity. Even though the ending of the play is open Iago still lived to see another day.
William Shakespeare’s Othello gains fame for its thematic conflict between appearance and reality, Iago’s motiveless malignity, and the downfall of Othello when he naively believes Desdemona’s without any substantial proof. While all these factors are important, the historical aspects of Othello are even more important for they are the foundation of the more complex concepts the play explores. The context in which the play is written has underlying distinctions between races. Race plays a huge role in Othello because it sets boundaries that cause the tragic hero’s downfall. The introduction to racism occurs when Brabnatio finds out about the marriage of Desdemon and the Moor.
In Elizabethan times, people tended to be very racist and treated black people appallingly. So the Elizabethan audiences expected the character Othello to be the villain, but Shakespeare subverted their expectations by making Othello the lead and Iago the 'White man' the villain. This play focuses on two main characters. One, being Iago who is psychologically astute, deceiving and a misanthrope. His sadistic character hurts everyone in a web of deceit.