Othello Essay

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Othello, a play written in the 1600’s by the notorious Shakespeare himself, subconsciously peruses and analyzes the standards that society places on merely the tint of skin an individual possesses or the gender of a said individual. It blatantly favors humans with fair skin. Likewise, they give constant approbation to men, leaving the perfect woman to be described as the one who stays home and clips coupons. Othello gives an insight into the lives of minorities in the Elizabethan time period. Othello was written in the 1600’s but contain messages and themes that are still much prevalent in modern society.

Racism is indistinguishably related to Othello by its recurring themes and racial issues that are still prominent in modern society, western and eastern. The quote “Your son-in-law is far more fair than black” (1:3), makes the reader think deeply of its expression due to the fact that he is indeed very dark and not fair at all. This quote shows that there are individuals willing to confess their beliefs even if they are beyond the status quo. The Duke confesses his liking for our beloved moor by defending Brabantio’s accusation that Othello used magic to infatuate and secretly elope his white daughter. We can assume that the Duke calling Othello fair is a compliment, but then we would have to further infer that being of a darker skin complex has negative implications. Ultimately, these words hint that despite his blackness, Othello is, in his eyes, an exception to the standard set by society. He is fair enough. Othello’s skin color is what the Venetian society bases their opinions off of. They gasp at the fact that a white woman could love, touch or merely look at a black man in this light leading me to believe that the societal setting of this play is in the very least, racist.

Throughout Othello the woman are verbally abused and labeled as ‘strumpets’ and whores. Our leading lady, Desdemona, is falsely accused of engaging in sexual interactions with Michael Cassio. With only three woman in the play, they are either...

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