Shakespeare’s Othello

4 April 2015
This paper explores the issue of race in Othello.

This is a critical review of Shakespeare’s play, focusing on the theme of race. The racism of the characters is discussed and explored as well as the racial view of Africans in Elizabethan times, as evident in the play. The paper proves that the issue of race and the workings of racial hatred are central to the theme of `Othello`.
`Shakespeare was above all a popular playwright; his plays mirrored the attitudes of Britons of his time. The racial view of Africans in Elizabethan times was strongly and unashamedly bigoted. In Act One, Scene One, the Venetian gentleman Roderigo refers to Othello as `the thick-lips` (Shakespeare 917). Othello himself says, `Her [Desdemona’s] name is now begrimed and black as mine own face (Act Three, Scene Three, Shakespeare 934), because of having married him.

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