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Othello Othello is an outsider in Venice but his skill as a soldier and leader allows him to escalate to a high position in the military; putting him in full martial and political command of Cyprus. Shakespeare portrays Othello as a positive character through his status but he ultimately destroys himself. To the state, he is an important part of the Venetian society as a military figure, but as an individual, society considers him inferior due to the color of his skin which is also displayed throughout history as explained in The African Diaspora . With this, Iago manipulates Othello and makes him believe that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. Othello, who is a man of self-control and a sense of worth, changes when Iago makes him think that Desdemona’s openness and honesty is a lie and her purity from sexual relations is inevitably brought into question. Othello’s jealousy gets to the best of him and he begins to degrade himself because of his blackness. Brabantio, the Venetian senator and the father of Desdemona, has difficulty accepting the fact that his daughter loved and married Othello especially because she rejected all the fine men in Venice, “If she in chains of magic were not bound, Whether a maid so tender, fair, and happy, So opposite to marriage that she shunned The wealthy, cured darlings of our nation (Shakespeare 1998, 13) and therefore accuses him of witchcraft, “She is abused, stol’n from me, and corrupted By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks; For nature so prepost’rously to err, Being not deficient, blind, or lame of sense, Sans witchcraft could not (Shakespeare 1998, 17).” Brabantio accuses Othello of black magic by putting a spell on Desdemona to trick her into loving him because he believes that his daughter is too good for him especially because of the color of his skin. Even though Brabantio does not directly make racist remarks, he obviously shows racism when he could not accept the news of his daughter. When Othello explained how Desdemona
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fell in love with him, he began with “Her father loved me; oft invited me…(Shakespeare 1998, 19).” This shows that as a soldier, Brabantio admired Othello, but as the husband of his daughter, he felt deceived by Desdemona and claims that he would have adopted a child rather than to have her as his daughter and that he is grateful that he only had one child. Brabantio is disappointed by the interracial relationship between Desdemona and Othello. The Duke advises
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This note was uploaded on 05/13/2011 for the course BS 5 taught by Professor Mccauley during the Spring '10 term at UCSB.

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