Othello, The Moor of Venice (Othello Character)


Othello is the first black lead character in Western literature, and remains one of the most famous. The drama depicts the hero’s fall From Grace – Othello begins as a noble guy (he is a famous war hero and respected, a loving husband and a narrator telling), but at the end of the play, Othello was an irrational, violent and crazy jealous husband who kills his own wife, after Iago convinces him that Desdemona is unfaithful.

Starting with the first lines of the play, Othello remains at a distance of more action and that relates to the affects. Iago and Roderigo unambiguously refer to a ‘he’ or ‘him’ too much the first scene. When they begin to define who they are talking about, especially when they are under the window Brabanzio, they do with racial epithets, not names. These include ‘Moor’ (Ii57), ‘thick lips’ (Ii66), ‘an old black ram’ (Ii88) and ‘a Barbary horse’ (Ii113). Although Othello is at the beginning of the second stage, we do not hear his name until well into act, scene III (I.iii.48). Later, Othello being the last of three ships arriving from Cyprus in Act II, Scene I ; stand Othello, Iago and Cassio, while supposedly discussing Desdemona in Act IV, scene, Othello and Cassio will assume that died without having been present when the fight takes place in Act V, scene I.

Othello’s Status in Venice;

A black man from North Africa, Othello has traveled the world and sold into slavery, escaped and ended as commander of the Venetian army and maintain a powerful Italian city-state. State of Venice, Othello is a beautiful complex – it is both from within and without, as a foreigner. On the one hand, a Christian leader and military experience, commanding the respect and admiration of the Duke, in the Senate, and many citizens of Venice. On the other hand, being a black anchor and foreign nationals as Othello in Venice in some kind of racial discrimination evident, especially by the father of his wife, who believes that Desdemona interracial marriage can be the result of the deception of Othello.

Miscegenation’s Fears ;

Brabantio is a senator of Venice, said:

Othello is “thrilled” with Desdemona, “Smelly fascinating” and spells. Otherwise, he insists, Desdemona would never ever run, “sooty bosom”, and Othello. In this game, Othello Desdemona’s marriage without delay signs refer to Othello as “thick-lips”, “devil” and “a black, old and pushing” the woman apparently poor whites (Desdemona), his hyper-sexuality. At one point, Iago of Othello is “the devil” that makes Brabantio “grands” black as hell kids.

According too many literary critics:

Many critics have pointed out that the drama seems to capture common (and dangerous) attitudes toward interracial couplings XVI and XVII. You can also draw some correspondence between the play and the current attitude of the United States.

According to an actor:

Actor Paul Robeson (black American actor, who broke the color barrier when he played Othello on Broadway in 1943) had to say about Othello:

 “In Venice at the time [Othello] was almost the same position as a black man in America today [1930]. There was a general, and while it might be useful as a fighter, tolerated as a black New York could save a disaster became a great man overnight. So soon, however, as a white woman wanted Othello, Desdemona, everything changed, like New York, would be outraged if the black man married a white woman. “

(See “My Fight for Fame. How Shakespeare Paved My Way to Stardom.” Pearson’s Weekly, April 5, 1930 p 100.

1930 may seem a long long time ago, but it would be wrong to say that Shakespeare’s work, and Paul Robeson remarks are not relevant today. Not later than October 2009, a white judge in Louisiana refused to marry interracial couples.

The suspicion of Othello:

Despite the ban, and interracial marriage, Othello and Desdemona are happy and in love at the beginning of the game. So what happens? Why come to convince Othello that his wife is unfaithful to the faithful?

Brooding/Egocentric Othello:

To read this play, my conclusion is that

we can also consider another option.
First loves Othello “good enough” is not Desdemona – it is himself. Jealousy is a feeling very selfish and
Second, Othello spend a lot of fans of the game with the way Desdemona hurt and try to come back for her. He likes his feelings, as reflected cheating.

Scholar Marjorie Garber,
Marjorie Garber suggests that selfishness begins long before Othello Iago comes to him. She points out that associating the interior Othello, his personal life with his appearance, life. He cannot draw all the constraints between them. Most people cannot believe that Othello is that there is a problem in their personal lives, destroying their ability to function in their careers.

However, the scene of Othello to the Senate that is willing to ensure that the Senate will not allow their marriage in the way of his career. Also, when Othello believes that Desdemona has deceived her first reaction is to say, “Goodbye to understand the crowd and the great wars of occupation … Othello is gone.”

Destructiveness of Othello, his determination to punish Desdemona deceived her, stalks her temperament that Desdemona immoral activities are also hurt. What makes Othello so furious, according to Garber, when it comes to himself, Othello is a purist. All this is evidence of a rather poor Othello.

But take a step back. Why is Othello a purist egocentric, first? Othello is dangerous perfectionism can stay away from his position as an outsider, a black man in white Venetian society. Othello could not have reached his position of power with an incredible self-discipline. In fairness to Othello, we need to consider carefully why it is so obsessed with his own self-perception, and why it is so easily convinced that Desdemona was leaving him and moving on to another man. To the extent that these factors are the result of outsider status Othello and bigotry, he has constantly to be overcome, we may want to cut some hanging Othello.

‘My opinion’

We know that Iago have power over Othello with his lies about Desdemona, but Iago never actually offers up any real proof of Desdemona’s “affair,” which suggests that Othello is credulous.
There are a couple of ways, Othello’s excitement to believe the worst about his wife. Some literary critics suggest that Othello believes that all women are inherently wanton. This seems to be the case when he says things like all men are “predestined” cuckolded by their wives.

Other critics argue that Othello begins to absorb the bigoted attitudes that surround him in Venice. In other words, Othello begins to believe in two things,

Firstly, He is not a good enough for Desdemona because he is black and, Secondly, as a black man, his relationship with his wife may “soil” her, which we discuss in more detail in our discussion the theme of “Race.”



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