Although the oppressive treatment of women may be generally accepted in a seventeenth century Venetian society, but modern day feminists believe in the equality between women and men, thus the seventeenth century Venetian society would appear extraordinarily flawed. Feminists would agree that the victims of prejudice in the society are women whilst race critics would agree that the victim of the play is Othello. A race reading would establish Iago, Roderigo and Barbantio as the major racists of the play. It would also establish the Venetian society as one of power loving and prejudice.
Although it remains impossible for the reader to forget that Othello is different, particularly in terms of race when performing ac lose reading of passages in Othello that are most attuned to this theme, it is equally impossible to view him in the base and insulting terms given to him by Iago and Roderigo.
In the end, this is not a text about race or even racism but is the tale of a man that fell victim to and committed terrible acts.
The play opens in the darkness as two characters—one of whom we will discover to be a villain—discuss their enemy, Othello. Before the reader is ever given a clue about the identity of Othello, there are only the images of animals and beasts.
This is also relevant because it demonstrates a perceived parallel between black men and animals—that they are not fully human, thus undeserving of the humanizing use of a name instead of such images.
There is certainly an element of savagery and a lack of civilization that is infused into such description and although it becomes apparent later that Othello is in fact, quite civilized, well spoken and language-oriented, and respected, the reader is forced into the same racist mindset of the characters simply because of the descriptions they offer.
Closely associated with the racism in the play at the beginning is a more generalized fear of the unknown—in this case race is the otherness that separates Othello. He accuses Othello here the unknown man of color.Brabantio and Racism in Othello.
In isolation, Brabantio's attitude toward Roderigo might indicate that Brabantio, like the fathers in modern comedies, is equally hostile to all contenders for his. Shakespeare’s Othello and Sax’s modern interpretation of Othello, the responder has the ability to aptly explore the key ideas of race and women, in light of changing .
Ania Loomba's Shakespeare, Race, and Colonialism (), for instance, maps the complex connections among race, religion, and colonialism in the play, suggesting that Othello is best understood as the product of a historical moment which understood ethnic identity as fluid: "Despite being a Christian soldier, Othello cannot shed either his.
Racism in Othello Racism seems to be a big concern in Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello.
Because the hero of the play is an outsider, a Moor, we have an idea how blacks were regarded in England, in Elizabethan times. An Analysis of the Main Themes in Othello Relationships can be painful: Whether it is Othello’s and Desdemona’s, Iago’s and Emilia’s or Cassio’s with Bianca, personal relationships could be badly painful and that’s what Shakespeare seems bent on proving.
Analysis of Othello: Man’s Honor The main male characters in Shakespeare’s play Othello kill their wives in order to defend their own honor. In the period setting of the play, to show honor, women are expected to be subservient to their husbands.