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Race has been debated in our discussions as a way to symbolize evil or instead using the adjective ‘black’ or ‘dark’ as a symbol for evil. In Othello, the color black was used at times to link Othello to acts of revenge and hate because of skin, but at the same time the color black was used to refer to negative actions in an evil and destructive manner. Iago uses Othello’s race several times to link his outer appearance for inner evil. For example: “an old black ram/is tupping your white ewe” (1.1) where Iago connects Othello’s race to animalistic behavior. In comparison, an example of using ‘black’ as a way to symbolize negative characteristics, and not race, is when Othello uses ‘black’ as a way to refer to Desdemona’s adultery, “begrimed and black/as mine own face” (3.3). In this case, ‘black’ refers to unfaithfulness not race. Similarly, the use of race in the Arabian Nights is used in different ways by both Burton and Haddaway. Each translation mentions black slaves in the frame story, but the use of
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course AAPTIS 491 taught by Professor Kaderkonuk during the Fall '11 term at University of Michigan.

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