Shakespeare’s chef-d’oeuvre Othello has remained relevant beyond its original context non simply because of its cosmopolitan subjects of love and treachery. but instead. due to its textual unity. and the digesting value which is enhanced through the geographic expedition of such issues. as marginalization and the psychological science of villainousness. Shakespeare’s portraiture of Othello as being an foreigner. and being “othered” by the Venetian society due to his different race. reflects traditional Elizabethan values and moralss sing racial bias and inequality. These repeating issues. of societal intolerance and racial prejudice are prevailing concerns in our modern society. Shakespeare’s expresses the nature of villainousness through his adversary. Iago. as he explores issues of treachery and fraudulence. These issues. go arounding around Othello’s passion. battle and exposure. as an foreigner. are representative of the human status. hence doing it polar. of why “Othello” has remained relevant in a different context.
Shakespeare places us to see the marginalization and dehumanization of Othello. from assorted positions. ab initio through physical characteristics. the impression of racial disdain is conveyed via Rodrigo’s. “Thick Lips” . Iago’s “Old Black Ram” . and Brabantio’s “fall in love with what she fear’d to look on” . This smear. based on physical visual aspect reinforces traditional Elizabethan positions. and to an extent. positions held by groups in society today. Though. Othello’s physical visual aspect was merely one factor. Othello was named “devil” by Iago. from a religious position. pigeonholing those of African descent who were associated with witchery. this metaphor reinforces stereotyped racism. doing the reader to inquiry. what has initiated such hatred from Iago to Othello. this allows the reader to a connect on an emotional degree with Othello. as it generates empathy. Furthermore the readers position of Othello is conflicted due to other members of Venetian society. “your boy in jurisprudence is far more just than black” . this binary resistance from the Duke. contrasts between black and white. and their symbolic values.
Othello’s “blackness” is associated with dross and inhuman values. exemplified via “making the animal with two backs” . dehumanizing Othello. and reenforcing how the Venetian society has ostracised him. Ostracism. based on religious backgrounds and physical visual aspect. is common even in a modern context. as intimidation and racism is a common defect in our society. Though. it is through these experiences. the reader can foster empathise and have a better apprehension of Othello’s character. and his emotions. Shakespeare besides challenges us to see Othello’s cultural background. through his foreign and alien narratives that Othello retells to members of Venetian society. this is exemplified through. “Tis true. there’s thaumaturgy in the web of it” . this is non simply foreign to the Venetians. who were preponderantly Religious Christians and did non believe in such black thaumaturgy and witchery. but this was besides seen as a waste of clip. and an undistinguished affair. as Desdemona immediately replies with. “I pray. speak me of Cassio” . followed by. “You’ll ne’er run into a more sufficient man” .
This repeat is implied to reenforce Desdemona’s deficiency of cognition. as this is clearly doing Othello enraged. but furthermore it expresses the carefree and uninterested attack Desdemona is taking in respects to Othello’s religious narrative of how he gained that hankie. Shakespeare. though. gives Othello a significantly high function in their Venetian society. positioning him as a General in the ground forces. though Othello is granted a superior place. he would still be in a lower hierarchy. as the Venetian society could non overlook his outer “blackness” . reinforced through “you’ll have your nephew neigh to you” . this animalistic and sexual imagination. conveys to the reader. no affair how successful Othello becomes. the Venetian society will ever see him as lupus erythematosus of a human.
This dehumanization is chiefly the cause of the timeserving adversary. Iago. Shakespeare places us to see Iago as a Machiavellian character. conveyed through the repeating issue of treachery as Othello is blinded by his “loyalty” . this is exemplified through “A adult male he is of honestness and trust” . stated by Othello as he volitionally accepts Iago. Shakespeare’s word picture of Iago advances the readers hatred towards the craft scoundrel. as his monologues underscore his oblique nature. “the Moor is of a free and unfastened nature… and will as tenderly be led by the nose as buttockss are” this animalistic imagination communicates Iago’s deficiency of regard towards Othello. reflecting the nature of immorality.
This construct of the nature of immorality is explored by F. R Leavis as he describes Othello as “overly aware of his nobility” . showing Leavis’ antipathy towards Othello. Furthermore. the motive behind Iago’s evil is unknown. though Shakespeare places us to see Iago as an self-seeker through. “it is the green eyed monster which doth mock” . bodying green-eyed monster to pull strings the emotions of the fleeceable Othello. Overall. Shakespeare’s profoundly enchanting text “Othello” . has remained relevant beyond its original context. to accommodate a more modern audience. due to the text’s digesting values and textual unity. enhanced through the common issue of marginalization which is apparent in both Elizabethan and twenty-first Century context.