Skin Color In Shakespeare's Othello, The Moor Of Venice
Just because Othello and Desdemona are different skin color, Desdemona’s father, Brabantio thought is wrong for them to get married to each other. When Iago wakes him up, he uses racist slurs to get a rise out of Brabantio. In Othello, Iago says to Brabantio 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 …show more content…
Othello knows he lived in a world where the white people are the majority of the population. He is worried about what others will think him marring Desdemona, so they eloped at the beginning of the play. Othello believes Iago so easily about Desdemona is cheating on him because he does not know why she chose him over a man that is her own skin color. Othello says “Haply, for I am black,” (Act 3.3.303) He thinks because he is black she will not be faithful to him. Iago tells Othello “Her will, recoiling to her better judgment, /May fall to match you with her country forms, /And happily repent.”(3.3.236-238) Desdemona will change her mind and with not want to be married to him anymore, and leave him for a white man. Othello insecurities about himself led him to believe Iago is telling the