Othello : An Examination Into The Human Condition Essay
For example, Iago the villain of the story uses prejudiced slurs when he awakens Desdemona 's father Brabantio with the news that his white Venetian daughter secretly slept with Othello, an older African general.
Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe.
Arise, arise; Awake the snorting citizens with the bell, or else the devil will make a grandsire of you.
Arise I say!
When Iago exclaims “old black ram” and the fact that Othello was eloping Desdemona, he plays with the historical notion that African-men have an hyper-sexuality and animal-like persona steered at manipulating Brabantio 's fears of miscegenation. In the Elizabethan era it’s significant to point out that although Othello claims himself a Christian, "And then for her, To win the Moor,…