Othello Essay | The Role of Race in "Othello"

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The Role of Race in "Othello"

Summary: In William Shakespeare's "Othello," Othello is an accomplished military general. Yet others do not show respect to him because he is a black Moor from northern Africa. The language used by other characters shows their disdain for him, while others define him by his heroic acts.
Othello was a "Moor" from northern Africa who, through hard work, bravery and courageous fighting, became the general of the Venetian army. This accomplishment was significant because it wasn't a position that was offered to Black men in medieval times. Nevertheless, he was able to prove himself, and he became a well-respected, prominent figure in Venice and a great necessity to the Venetians. However, even though he has great power in the city, to some people, he is still considered to be "just a Moor." Many derogatory words and phrases were used by other characters to describe Othello. Thus, race played a significant role in the play.

Othello was the only character of African descent in the play, which made him automatically different from the other characters. The Venetians emphasized this difference in the way they spoke to him. Every character in the play...

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