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Racism In Othello

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William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in England. He was one of the most important English writer of all time. He belonged to the middle-class, and he attended and finished grammar school. He left his family and worked as playright and actor. He became very popular during the reign of Elizabeth I. He left his family, and traveled through London in order to be most popular writer and actor. Some critics believe that his works do not belong to him, moreover they believe that someone else wrote them. However they could not find the truth, and it stayed mystery. He wrote thirty-seven plays and 154 sonnets. He was writing sonnets, comedies, dramas, and tragedies. He wrote Othello on November 1, 1604, the story is about the wars between Venice and…show more content…
Before Othello’s first appearance he is referred as the Moor and the thick lips and is never called by his real name. It is easily distinguishable that Othello is African American. I found it interesting that Othello held a high rank as a general in the Venice Army in the dominant Caucasian society. It is clear that that many of the characters are racist towards him and it is surprising his rank was socially accepted in that time of day. It seems like other characters are jealous of his personality, characteristics, and high rank, which might be the result of the existing racism. I thought it was also interesting that Othello and Desdemona secretly eloped. Brabanzio did not explicitly portray racism towards Othello, instead he accused him for using magic on his daughter and wanted him charged with using witchcraft methods. His racism towards Othello is blatantly clear but it is implicitly conveyed. During the time period and context of the play I would of thought there would be a visible social and class divide between Caucasian’s and African American’s. Othello’s high rank in the army and his respectable character points otherwise. Was racism more so implicitly implied throughout that era? Another question I pose is was Shakespeare trying to address the issue of racism by giving an African American such an elite hero type role? I think Shakespeare was showing how people of any race are just as capable to…show more content…
Othello’s darkness or blackness is alluded to many times in the play, but Shakespeare and other Elizabethans frequently described brunette or darker than average Europeans as black. Although Othello is a cultural and racial outsider in Venice, his skills as a soldier and leader is nevertheless valuable and necessary to the state, and he is an integral part of Venetian society.• 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 an defensive about his difference from other
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