Othello Essay | Is Othello a Racist Play?

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Is Othello a Racist Play?

Summary: Discusses if "Othello" by William Shakespeare is a racist play.
The concept of race is used to divide Othello from the other characters in the play by drawing attention to meaningless differences such as skin colour or attitudes towards love. This concept of race emphasizes and explains Othello's isolation from the other characters. Despite this, Othello is not a racist play, but it depicts the views of the Elizabethan times to be racist; through the use of its language, attitudes, character traits and the whole premise of the play.

Shakespeare represents society's beliefs on race with the character Iago, these racist beliefs are strongly present in Act one scene one. Although we do not meet Othello in this scene, we are given views of his character. It is more than just a characteristic device to give different perspectives of his hero; it gives the perspective of the whole society. Othello is described as proud and...

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