The hero was always the knight in shining white armour. It was during this time when Europeans become increasingly engaged with people of different racial origins, especially with the dark skinned people of the East. That is easy to understand why Ben said so. Therefore, no one complained about the amount of racism in the play, but was almost welcomed by the audience. Othello is a man, a flawed man, who happens to be black.
Nearly every character uses a racial slur to insult Othello at one point in the play. Iago, over a period of about three days, uses these facets of humanity to turn Othello against his wife Desdemona and his friend Cassio. But without this diction, the play would not hold the influential message that it portrays against racism. All the prejudice is contained within the characters, and Othello himself breaks the stereotype of a moor, until he is consumed by jealousy and anger, which anymore may fall victim to under the same circumstances. This play is not extremely racist or sexist, especially looking at it in the historical context, but there are some old fashioned ways of thinking. The demonstration of Racism in Othello is displayed throughout the whole play, however primarily in Act 1. The other poets were the racist ones, they girlfriends were always white and perfect, Shakespeare wrote about how his mistresses is black and not very beautiful.
This causes the suffering of innocent people like Desdemona, Emilia, Cassio and Roderigo. Essays discuss the question of Othello's color, the contradictory notions of black and white in the play, sexuality and racial difference, and whether Desdemona's marriage to Othello incites racism. What made Iago angry was the fact that Cassio had no experience in war when he did and Cassio was chosen instead of him. The play certainly has racist characters. This was like a match made in heaven that overcame many obstacles which got in their way. Othello tells of the love that her father showed him since his boyish days.
There is evidence that racial prejudice was just as prevalent in sixteenth century England as in modern day America. We often witness acts of racism, gender bashing, evil people and suiciders because of poor self perception. In the second part of this paper I will look at the play itself and its characters. Adding well-developed female characters to the play Othello creates a dimension of gender conflict and feminist views. Othello becomes persuaded by Iago 's rumors, framing, and miscommunications, causing him to kill Desdemona, his believed unfaithful wife.
Iago turns Othello into an outcast my using his race to make everyone see him as an savage. Emilia is disgusted with Othello when she finds out that Othello had killed Desdemona. Daileader terms this phenomenon 'Othellophilia' - the fixation on Shakespeare's tragedy of inter-racial marriage to the exclusion of other definitions and more optimistic visions of inter-racial tension. Brabantio is so mad he sends out his guards to catch Othello and put him in prison. Most of the other characters show great respect for Othello. Othello is exotic because of many reasons. Shakespeare could also have written it because this was what the audience wanted, and he was just a playwright.
The blackness of his skin is the visual signifier of his otherness and exoticism, and plays an important role, wherefore it is an important topic of this work. The perspectives, approaches, and conclusions of the essays are diverse. I don't think he views Othello in a very bad, racist way but uses the racism against Othello because he's jealous of him. The main reason for Othello's success was that the play contained arguably one of the greatest villains in any play. Shakespeare is an effective playwright because of one simple fact: he is a tyrant. Today there are pressure groups who can protest and show their views publicly, but in 17th century England, there was no such thing.
Black people were thought to be cannibals and constantly fighting amongst each other like barbarians. By 1600 there were so many 'Moors' in England that Queen Elizabeth I issued an order for their deportation out of the kingdom. This is may be true for many other Shakespearean plays as well, but Othello was exceptionally popular at its time of origin and is not less so today. Yet another example of these traditions was the respectable treatment of women. As the concept of race has changed over time and is still changing, I will also look at Elizabethan attitudes towards race and foreigners and how strangers were portrayed on the Elizabethan stage. Turks were for example seen as barbaric and demonic, which opposed the English self-perception of the English Christian morality cf.
This book explores the genesis and evolution of the description of Africans as black, the consequences of this practice, and how it contributes to the denigration blackening and dehumanisation of Africans. Shakespeare is a well-known English playwright, who possesses a huge treasure of literature, including excellent dramas, comedies, romances, and tragedies. When we use the term 'race' today it mostly refers to a group of people who are perceived as sharing certain hereditary traits. The queen herself expressed her views publicly in 1601 at her dislike of the African people coming into England. This view is affirmed by looking at the language and actions of Iago, 'Though I do hate him as I do hell-pains' in contrast to Desdemona, or even the early Othello ,'Not to pick bad from bad, but by bad mend. The matter of skin colour and racist stereotyping is evident in Othello and it is vital for the interpretation of the play. Othello tells of the love that her father showed him since his boyish days.
Because Shakespeare wrote a play about a black and white union, which was later destroyed, I think it shows that he's not racist. Motifs in Act 1 are mainly the representations of black and with Iago connecting to all. Othello is one of the first black heroes in English literature. Shakespeare plays were often written and performed to the Queen. It is only at this final moment when he associates his act with that of a savage, does he address his race in negative terms.