Othello : An Examination Into The Human Condition Essay

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Othello: An examination into the Human Condition Humanity has never seized to understand itself or anyone else for that matter. History has always repeated itself and will continue to do so toward the end of time. Shakespeare’s understanding and ability to portray the universal nature of the human condition is most accessible in Othello. Shakespeare does not fail to emphasize the impact of race, jealousy, appearance versus reality, manipulation, and loss of identity. No matter how hard society attempts to understand one another and fix the issues at hand, this won’t be possible simply because humans lack the comprehension to solve problems.
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!
(1.1.9)
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,…

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