Essay about Relation Between The Motif Of ' Blackness ' And ' Racism '

950 Words Oct 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Qurrat Ulain
Mr. Stevens
ELA 10
27th September, 2015
Relation Between the Motif of “Blackness” and “Racism” in Shakespeare 's Othello
Most individuals often assume the words “blackness” and “racism” to be connected. The reason for this is because various imbeciles who are racist, sometimes believe that people of other races will not go to heaven. In addition, during the Elizabethan era, large amounts of people believed that black was the colour of witchcraft so it would make sense for an uneducated person of that time to be racist against black people. In Shakespeare’s Othello, however, the motif of blackness conveys a deeper sense, which is then linked to racism. Racism is a very obvious motif in Shakespeare’s Othello. One example of a racial slur being used in Othello is when Iago wakens Brabantio with the news that his daughter, Desdemona, has eloped with Othello. Iago shouts, “Even now, now, very now, and old black ram/ Is tupping your white ewe.” (Ⅰ . Ⅰ. 88/89). The meaning that he’s trying to emphasize here is that Othello is having sexual intercourse with Desdemona, but Iago uses very vulgar imagery to get the point across. To start with, he compares Othello to “an old black ram” illustrating an image in the reader’s mind that Othello is black and a lot older than Desdemona. The term “ram” also indicates that Othello is an aggressive fighter and that he’s different, because during that time, black people were considered savage, uncivilized and worthless…

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