Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

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Othello, in the simplest of terms, can be reduced to a play of jealously. Back in the 1940s and 1950s, when scholars focused on Shakespeare’s tale of the Moor, they centered all of their thoughts on the characters controlled by their own jealousy (James). In modern day, we’ve come to a time of civil rights where seeing the insane racism in this play is inevitable. To not see, this is an act of ignorance. Audiences during Shakespeare’s time would have been privy to this aspect as well, though they would not have been horrified as we are today. They would notice the subject of race in the play, but it was something they were used to. As a foreigner in Venice, Othello already has an uphill battle to climb to claim the role of the protagonist. For the majority of the time, an audience wants to see their own lives portrayed, or at the very least, they want to see something they can resonate with. In fact, for them, they would have been more surprised by the full title, The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice, over anything else. It was virtually impossible to be a Moor of Venice because in those times, being a Moor and being of Venice were mutually exclusive identities. They battled against each other. You could be one or the other, but never both. [PH2] Yet, here before the audience, stands Othello, who fits the mold of both. This is the first instance of visual evidence that strengthens the plot and it ends in the demise of multiple characters throughout the play. The

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