Similarities Between Frankenstein And Othello

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Individuals are frequently told from a young age to understand somebody rather than judging them based on their appearance. Yet in both Frankenstein and Othello characters place a large emphasis on someone's exterior. The theme of appearance versus reality is prevalent in both William Shakespeare's Othello and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Characters in both pieces of literature lack to further understand certain peoples' personalities. The over analysis of appearance done by individuals in both texts negatively impacts the lives of Othello and the creature from Frankenstein. Isolation, lack of love and cynical preconceived ideas from society negatively create an unfavourable life for Othello and the creature due to a strong focus on appearance in their societies. Othello and the creature are both placed into isolation due to their “disability”,their appearance. Othello is the only black man in a predominantly white society. Therefore he faces a substantial amount of discrimination from people he trusts. Since his dark complexion differs from those around him he is constantly compared to animals and thus putting him at a lower pedestal than his “companion”, Iago. Although Othello considers Iago to be his friend, Iago is commonly seen depicting …show more content…
However, with characters such as Othello and the creature their societies' large emphasis on external beauty disables themselves in both pieces of literature. Their lives are negatively impacted by the views of those in their society. Accordingly, they face isolation from their society, a lack of love and receive false opinions from others which are developed solely based on their looks. Both writers project the concept of people commonly placing appearance before reality and how this dilemma leads to the downfall of those affected negatively by people's pessimistic

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