Examples Of Othello As A Victim Of Racism

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‘Happily for I am black’. Does the play appear to depict Othello as a victim of racism?

In the play “Othello,” by William Shakespeare, the main protagonist can be very much interpreted as a victim who has been treated differently in comparison to the Venetians due to his race. This play presents a story of Othello being misguided by his ensign Iago and led to him murdering his faithful wife Desdemona. It is also said to have been originated from an Italian tale called Cinthio’s tale, which coincides with the location “Othello” is set in, based on the similarity in the plot and characters. “victim of racism” here is defined as been harmed with prejudice against Othello from people of a different skin colour. This concept is supported by the
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For Venetians at the time, they didn’t only target Africans but every other racial group that is not Venetian. Without this hostility towards Othello and the fact that he’s been treated as an outsider, the play might not end with his tragic downfall. Part of the reason why Roderigo is unhappy about Othello and Desdemona’s marriage is not entirely of his love for Desdemona but also the fact that Othello is a Moor that has married a Venetian woman. Losing Roderigo’s support, Iago might not be able to fulfill his goal of fooling Othello and therefore Othello wouldn’t murder Desdemona. In Act 1 scene 3 where Iago is convincing Roderigo that Desdemona will eventually leave Othello, he says “These Moors are changeable in their wills.” This stereotypes Othello and persuades Roderigo about how he should not give up even after Desdemona is married. Also, if Othello is not black and a Venetian then he will be able to make his own connections in a fairly short amount of time when he goes to Cyprus and he doesn’t need to rely on Iago alone, which may help clarify Desdemona’s faithfulness. So, his race plays an important role in pushing the plot and the racist ideas don’t only weaken his position in the social relationships but also affects his marriage with
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