Othello Essay

990 words - 4 pages

Nakee Mayes
English46A
Professor Roberts
6 November 2014

Othello

William Shakespeare`s Othello is a play set in Venice. The plot is based on a story about two people who love each other dearly and the problems and conflicts they face from the start. The conflicts are, for the most part, tied in with racial issues and questions of race and loyalty. These conflicts stem from the society around the couple, as well as from the couple themselves as they too are part of this society, but with very different backgrounds: The female protagonist is the daughter of a highly-respected Venetian senator Brabantio. Othello also known as the Moor--is a foreigner, black in color, has a ...view middle of the document...

The phrase "look to her" suggests several things: that Desdemona needs to be watched closely, in other words; she cannot be trusted, or that Othello should notice what a deceiver looks like. Desdemona has actively alienates herself from the other Venetians by marrying him. Othello, on the other hand, seems to be more than anxious to conform to Venetian ideals. By adding "Moor" rather than a name or his position Brabantio emphasizes Othello`s difference blackness. Brabantio dehumanizes Othello, by taking away his name, his individuality and in so doing makes Othello acutely aware of his difference as well as well as making him believe that he is a barbarian. He even related Othello to animals and the devil in disguise. However, we can confirm that racism is in the atmosphere after Brabantio’s reaction. Brabantio mostly displays this racist atmosphere when he confronts Othello on the marriage situation and demands Othello to tell him where his daughter is.
As Brabantio's unmarried daughter, Desdemona is basically considered her father's property. Since she's married Othello without her father’s permission when Brabantio discovered that Desdemona wasn’t forced and was willingly married. Brabantio believed that Othello had used witchcraft on her. This displays racial undertones because Brabantio is stating that it impossible for his daughter to fall in love with a moor, unless he used some sort of witchcraft. A black man has nothing to give to a white woman even a noble soldier such as Othello. Brabantio would rather have his daughter unmarried than be with a moor man. Another factor was Iago plays on fears of miscegenation when interracial couples intermix during sex or marriage. Iago makes reference by calling Othello an “old black ram" that was sleeping with “white ewe" which is Desdemona. A "ewe" is a lamb, so there's a suggestion that Desdemona's white skin makes her pure. Iago's vivid and crude description of the...

Other assignments on Othello

Shakespeare Essay

2285 words - 10 pages Shakespeare’s current fashions, adapting issues to public taste In the second Shakespearean stage, which runs from 1598-1604, are located the pieces often called "middle works", characterized by a higher stage virtuosity Dramas Julius Caesar, Hamlet and Othello announce the next period, known as the great tragedies (1604-1608), in which Shakespeare delves into the deepest feelings of the human being The final phase (1608-1611

European Classical Literature Essay

4049 words - 17 pages House tr. Bindu Batra Amitav Ghosh The Shadow Lines 7 Paper 6: English Literature 1 (i) Unit-1. Unit-2. Unit-3. Christopher Marlowe William Shakespeare William Shakespeare Doctor Faustus Othello As You Like It. 8 PAPER 7 CONCURRENT - CREDIT LANGUAGE 9 SEMESTER - III Paper 8: English Literature 1 (ii) Unit-1. Unit-2. Geoffrey Chaucer Philip Sidney Edmund Spenser John Donne Unit-3. ‘The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale’ Selection

Network Structure And Inter-Organizational Knowledge Sharing Capability

4801 words - 20 pages Network Structure and Inter-organizational Knowledge Sharing Capability ABSTRACT This paper examines how the structure of a supply network can affect the inter-organizational knowledge sharing capability, which is expressed by absorptive capacity and shared identity. The supply network structure is analyzed by two dimensions – formality and centrality. Propositions about the relationships between network structure and knowledge sharing

Hrm Commitment

1563 words - 7 pages The Phrase ‘commitment’ is frequently used by HRM practitioners in the control of absenteeism and its contribution to business objectives. Evaluate the evidence to reinforce commitment and reduce absenteeism. Mowday et al have defined organizational commitment as “ the relative strength of an individual’s identification with an involvement in an organization” (Chapter 7 Attitudes at work, Page no, 265 Work Psychology

Appedix C

295 words - 2 pages Associate Level Material Appendix C Psychotherapy Matrix Directions: Review Module 36 of Psychology and Your Life. Select three approaches to summarize. Include examples of the types of psychological disorders appropriate for each therapy. {Psychodynamic Approaches} {Behavioral Approaches} {Cognitive Approaches} Summary of Approach Psychodynamic approaches involve seeking out unresolved past conflicts and unacceptable impulses from the

A Horror Show At The Cinemaplex

1150 words - 5 pages Running head: A Horror Show at the Cinemaplex Assignment 4: A Horror Show at the Cinemaplex A Horror Show at the Cinemaplex 1. Perform a comprehensive analysis of the five (5) competitive forces. Discuss what level of competition can be anticipated amongst industry rivals. Among the 5 companies that own the majority of the theater, there is little difference in price or offerings. You don’t see ads saying come to our

Julia's Food Bo0Th

1381 words - 6 pages Julia’s Food Booth A.Formulate and solve an L.P. model for this case. Decision Variables | X1 | # of Pizzas | X2 | # of Hotdogs | X3 | # of BBQ Sandwiches | Objective Function |   | X1 | X2 | X3 | Selling Price | $ 1.50 | $ 1.50 | $ 2.25 | Cost | $ 0.75 | $ 0.45 | $ 0.90 | Profit | $ 0.75 | $ 1.05 | $ 1.35 | Maximize total profit Z=$0.75X1+$1.05X2+$1.35X3 Budget Constraints

Types Of Business (3)

2086 words - 9 pages Types Of Business There are many different advantages and disadvantages of different types of ownership within the business sector. Before you start you’re new or expanded business plans. You need to explore all the options available to you. Will you be a Sole Proprietor or a Corporation or everything in between? The following report will examine six different business organizations in detail. Sole Proprietorship: is when the business is

Stuff

1051 words - 5 pages FP/101 FOUNDATIONS OF PERSONAL FINANCE Start Date: 04/23/2012 Print COURSE DESCRIPTION This course provides an overview of the elements necessary for effective personal financial planning and the opportunity to apply the techniques and strategies essential to this understanding. Primary areas of study include creating and managing a personal budget, understanding and paying taxes, working with financial institutions, wise use of credit cards

Organizational Design

1022 words - 5 pages 1 What can companies do to protect themselves from legal action with regard to ageism? On one hand, company can draw up workplace policies to avoid any inference of age discrimination in organizations management by legal adviser. When some policies are ruled by law in organizations, those who are 50 years of age or older have the job chances as same as young people. So that facing ageism problem, it can guarantee that the internal

Organizing Reaction Paper

653 words - 3 pages Organizing Reaction Paper Shelia M. Reed MGT/330 June 6, 2012 Karen Abron The Organizing function follows the planning process and brings the organization’s resources together (Bates & Snell, 2009). These resources include such things as Physical Assets, Monetary Assets, Human Resources, Knowledge, and Technology (Bates & Snell, 2009). Managers have the responsibility of pinpointing resources

Similar Documents

Othello Essay

617 words - 3 pages Name Course code Tutor’s name Date Othello Othello is one of the great works of Shakespeare that has intriguing experiences. Othello explores different aspects of life but the most interesting one is the aspect of jealous entangled with love. The characters act in very interesting ways that leave anyone reading the book to be always curious of what happens next. The way women have been presented in the play is a clear indication of how

Othello Essay

2113 words - 9 pages Elyse Carbajal ENGL 102 Professor Falwell 11/02/2015 Research Paper Othello Othello is a famous tragedy written by William Shakespeare as a Tragic Hero. The Moor is arguably one of the finest, if not the finest, tragedies in the literary history of the Western Civilization. In this paper I will discuss Othello as a tragic hero and compare his to Aristotle’s concept of what a tragic hero is actually is. The characteristic of a tragic

Othello Essay

838 words - 4 pages Othello Research Paper Othello is quite an interesting tragedy; full of deception. The Moor, also known s Othello is the undisputed “hero” of our story; but his heroics are no match for the sly antagonism of the character Iago. Iago is a bitter, crafty mind that uses his political prowess and friendly swagger to deceive his victims. Desdemona has her innocence used against her and exposed for a weakness as she is blinded by what’s right

Jess Essay

567 words - 3 pages OTHELLO: SHORT PLOT SUMMARY The story of William Shakespeare's Othello is set in 16th-century Venice and Cyprus. Othello the Moor, a noble black warrior in the Venetian army, has secretly married a beautiful white woman called Desdemona, the daughter of a prominent senator, Brabantio. When he finds out, he is outraged, and promptly disowns her. Othello’s ensign, Iago, harbours a secret jealousy and resentment towards the Moor, partly because