"Othello and Racism Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

"Othello and Racism
An analysis of Shakespeare's "Othello," focusing on issues of racism.
# 36704 | 1,150 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 15, 2003 in Shakespeare (Othello)

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This paper is a literary analysis of William Shakespeare's play "Othello". The paper mainly discusses the theme of racism that permeates this play, and which can be found in other plays by Shakespeare as well. In constructing his argument, the writer draws on three articles written on the subject of racism, and looks at the issue of racism in general. The paper concludes by pointing out how critical approaches to Othello have evolved and changed during the 20th century.

From the Paper:

"Shakespeare is at pains to show Othello as an intelligent, masculine soldier who captivates Desdemona who shows great courage in eloping with him. What precisely Shakespeare's views were on mixed marriages is left to the audience to decide. At the start of the plot, the Jacobean public may have been shocked at this union between the black Moor and the fair Desdemona, but we soon see that each is worthy of the other's love, and this emotion is deep, but unfortunately does not have time to blossom before the evil Iago poisons it. At the end of the play, we hope that Iago's plans will fail and Othello and Desdemona will live happily together.
"In Romeo and Juliet the couple's love helps to unite the feuding families after their death. Likewise Shakespeare makes it clear that Othello and Desdemona's love does not die, and was not diminished by Iago's evil. Perhaps Shakespeare's aim is that there will be more understanding between the races as a result of this timeless piece of literature."

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