Othellos respectable position has buried his

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Desdemona's faithfulness comes into question. Othello's respectable position has buried his insecurities until he has a reason to become insecure as he does now. He has dealt with being of a different race than his familiar company for years and he is known to all as "the moor." Although he is respected and well-liked, he is still looked down upon in that area. This buried insecurity is shown when Othello says,"Haply, for I am black/ And have not those soft parts of conversation/ That chamberers have, or for I am declined/ Into the vale of years" (3.3.268-271). Not only does Othello begin to think Desdemona has been unfaithful because of his race, but from that, deeper emotions and worries are surfaced as well. He thinks he does not speak as well as other people and perhaps this is a reason for his troubles. His age has become a vulnerable point for him as well. He is much older than Desdemona and he begins to think this might also be the cause. Being a moor is nothing he can deny. It was out of the ordinary that Desdemona, a woman of her class, would marry a moor no matter how high he was in society. Knowing this, Othello worries that this would cause her to stray and with this one possibility comes more thoughts of possibilities. This build up of potential causes for Desdemona's unfaithfulness creates more of a reality of Desdemona's unfaithfulness in Othello's mind. This creates feelings of anger, embarrassment, and dishonor which result in the murder of Desdemona. His surfaced insecurity in the color of his skin bred a mountain of insecurities.
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