William Shakespeare 's Othello, The Moor Of Venice Essay

1357 Words Nov 16th, 2016 6 Pages
Foreigners tend to draw negative attention to themselves in other cultures because they look, act, and often speak differently than natives, as in William Shakespeare’s Othello, the Moor of Venice. Othello is immediately disliked and misunderstood from the beginning, so he easily becomes a target of mischief. Since Othello is discriminated, he often expresses subservient feminine behavior, because beneath the surface of his title he feels inferior. Othello is a culturally-challenged foreigner who reveals a perplexing feminine side that fuels his masculine attitudes and behaviors, resulting in the tragic outcome of the play.

First, it is important to understand the generalities of masculine and feminine behaviors. Some masculine behaviors can be described as “strong, assertive, brave, active, independent, competitive, insensitive, unemotional, and aggressive” (Barkan, 227). Feminine behavior can be defined as “gentle, sensitive, nurturing, delicate, graceful, cooperative, decorative, dependent, emotional, passive, and weak” (Barkan, 227). Men and women are known to express both types of gender behaviors and culture conditions these traits.

In order to comprehend why Othello expresses odd gender traits, it is essential to examine the current position that he holds in society. Othello is a “black African of royal blood,” who was selected to be a supreme commander because “Venetian law required that the commander-in-chief of its forces be an alien, not a Venetian citizen,…

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