Othello As Symbol Of The White Upper Class

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Desdemona becomes a symbol of the white upper class to Othello. In this sense, by killing Desdemona he is revenging the power the white society exercises over him. Shakespeare writes: OTHELLO It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul – Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars: It is the cause. Yet I 'll not shed her blood, Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow And smooth as monumental alabaster – Yet she must die, else she 'll betray more men. Put out the light, and then put out the light – If I quench thee, thou flaming minister, I can again thy former light restore, Should I repent me; but once put out thine, Thou cunning 'st pattern of excelling nature, I know not where is that Promethean heat That can thy light relume. When I have plucked thy rose, I cannot give it vital growth again, It must needs wither: I 'll smell it on the tree – He kisses her O balmy breath, that dost almost persuade Justice to break her sword – one more, one more! [He kisses her] Be thus when thou art dead, and I will kill thee And love thee after – one more, and that’s the last. So sweet was ne 'er so fatal. I must weep, But they are cruel tears: this sorrow 's heavenly; It strikes where it doth love. She wakes. (Shakespeare, 5.2.1-22) At first glance, Othello is explaining his feelings about killing Desdemona. However, if one reads in between the lines, this becomes a metaphor for the racial problems of the Renaissance. First, Othello does not explain his reasons to why he

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