William Shakespeare's Othello as a Victim Essay

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William Shakespeare's Othello as a Victim
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In "Othello" Shakespeare shows that Othello is victimised in many ways, for instance; his race, his culture, his social position and naïve. Othello's victimisation could also show Shakespeare's meaning of the term "tragedy". In other Shakespearean tragedies the lead character is shown as cunning, ruthless and manipulative, more similar to Iago than Othello. This could represent a change in Shakespeare's opinion of a true Shakespearean tragedy.

The main cause of Othello's victimisation is his race. Unlike the other characters in "Othello" he is a Moor, a natural figure of hatred and disgust. In the play he is very rarely
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In the late sixteenth century and early seventeenth century there where many wars between "Christian" Venice and the Islamic Ottoman Empire, Venice, at this time a large commercial capitalist Republic was often portrayed as the glories protector of "Christendom" against the eastern barbarians. The reason why Othello is compared to the Turks is because even though he has gone through the progress of communication and is an "official" member of the Roman catholic church, as he is a Moor he would always be considered a Muslim and never be a true Christian, so would always be victimised as a inferior. Also due to Othello's "original" religion he is accused of witchcraft,

"For an abuser of the world, a practiser

Of arts inhibited and out of warrant."

The art of "black" magic was strictly forbidden in Elizabethan society and was often linked to eastern culture and religion. For Othello to be accused with witchcraft would be taken very seriously and be considered an insult by the accused. Also the lack of clear evidence would suggest that this is just because of Othello's culture and race and may not be a completely serious claim by Brabantio.

In Elizabethan society social order was often strict and binding, throughout the play the role that Othello plays can be questioned. At one stage he is considered a
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