The Importance Of Race In Shakespeare's Othello

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Throughout time the world has been through many problems relating to race, gender or class. Women weren’t treated as people. They didn’t have freedom and they weren’t allowed to do work that wasn’t part of their role as women. As for class the world saw and heard of the tragic story of the mass genocide that Hitler created. A part of that was hate towards a certain religion, but it was also related to power. He abused his power and created chaos. Last but not least is race. White people and black people were segregated because of the color of their skin. All these horrible, real tragedies affected people, some more than others. It affected their lifestyle, this society, the way we speak and act towards one another. It also affected literature. …show more content…
Although this story talks about a woman 's perspective and how people saw her as, it can still relate to the play Othello. Since Othello was a different color he had to deal with people who treated him differently. For example, the Duke of Venice says, “And, noble signior, If virtue no delighted beauty lack, Your son-in-law is far more fair than black.” Also he was trying to defend him against Desdemona’s father, Othello’s father-in-law, he still emphasized the color of his skin. Making Othello an exception even though he is …show more content…
Othello can also relate to the women in the story named Miss Rehana. Rushdie wrote about how people treated Miss Rehana. She was more accepted than the other women. Although she was the same race and was just like the “Tuesday Women,” she had the courtesy of others and was treated with respect even if she was poor, just like some of the other women. Othello was treated the same way as Miss Rehana. He was a soldier in which everyone praised him for. However they were both criticized because of where they came from. Miss Rehana was faced with criticism too even if it wasn’t so forward. As stated in the story, “He told her that the sahibs thought that all the women who came on Tuesday, claiming to be dependants of the bus drivers in Luton or chartered accountants in Manchester, were crooks and liars and cheats.” Miss Rehana felt offended because the man categorized the women all into one group, just like Iago does. They both see the same race as one and make assumptions based on the color of their skin, their

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