Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

1005 Words Nov 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
For generations, the Elizabethan era has been a prominent time period where Queen Elizabeth I heired. This era brought opportunities for great play writers to express their work as it was the era of the very first theatres in England. William Shakespeare joined the London theatre scene making history while creating 37 remarkable plays and 154 sonnets gaining the title of the great bard, since he is a great poet. During the year of 1603, Shakespeare wrote the classic drama, Othello. Othello captured the themes of Love and Jealousy. In the play, Iago is introduced as a manipulative and deceptive character that has motives for destroying his boss and the leader of Venice, Othello. In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, Iago’s motives towards the Moor are driven by his racism, Desdemona’s proposed ‘infidelity’ with Othello, and the passover promotion for Cassio.
Racism is introduced as Iago’s first motive against Othello. Iago looks at Othello as a lesser human being due to his different racial background which is evident when Iago wakens Brabantio with the news of his daughter’s recent elopement with the Moor. Iago tries to turn Brabantio against Othello saying “Even now, now, very now, and old black ram is tupping your white ewe” (1.3.90-91). Iago uses animal imagery and compares Othello to an old black ram which introduces racial association of black versus white. Iago discriminates Othello as a human being and compares him to an aggressive animal, leading Brabantio to…

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