Racism and Jealousy in Othello

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Racism and Jealousy in Othello The theme of racism and jealousy is strongly depicted in William Shakespeare's Othello It portrays the attitude of European society towards those that were different in color, race and  language. In Europe, people of Caucasian descent were the majority of the population and all  other races were considered to be less important and inferior. Jealousy was also very evident in  the play. How it made Iago do so many malevolence things. It just shows that jealousy truly can  make people do evil and deviant things.      There are several characters in this play that expose this racist mentality. These characters  include Brabantio, Roderigo, and Emilia. But by far, the face of racism in this play is Iago, who  makes his intentions crystal clear in his soliloquy where he states “I hate the Moor” (1.3.365).  Throughout the play, Iago lays forward a number of reasons for his hatred, which leads to the  ruin or death of most of the characters and even himself.   It is most likely that the main reason behind Iago's hatred of Othello is the color of his  skin. Similar too many other people of his time, Iago would have had little or no racial tolerance 
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This note was uploaded on 10/10/2011 for the course HRM 400 taught by Professor Mrs.redman during the Spring '11 term at University of Maryland Baltimore.

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