Essay The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

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The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is a Shakespearean play first performed in 1604, during the Elizabethan era. Mabillard says that the story of Othello is known for its variety of themes such as hate, revenge, racism, love and repentance with betrayal and jealousy being the main themes of the plot. The Elizabethan era was a time when slavery was common and a time of religious tensions. The play is set in Venice, the city that was leading the conflict between Christianity and the barbaric Turks. The society looks down upon moors or dark skin and so, in spite of being a respected military general, Othello faces racism. The racism makes him feel like he is not part of the society and begins to feel insecure and then begins to doubt his wife, Desdemona’s loyalty. The story of Othello gives a look into history and an idea about the people’s thinking and the social norms in those days and how it affects the characters and their psychology to bring about the significant events that take place in the story. Othello was first performed in a time when black slavery was common. Nami says that Othello’s dark skin would easily be associated with slavery and his marriage with Desdemona would be looked down upon and conservative groups especially, would not take the marriage too well. Nami further adds that due to the tone of the other characters they use for him, the audience is put under the impression that Othello is a very crude black man. Audiences then, had a negative…

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