Essay on The Stereotypes Of Othello By William Shakespeare

1061 Words Feb 6th, 2016 null Page
The negative stereotypes associated with color, especially blackness, creates a tragic sense of inferiority and “nobodiness” among the black people because of the crippling effects of slavery and segregation. Othello is a unique character among English literature, as he is a black military general, who has power and influence over many white men. However, Othello still feels like an outsider, a black-skinned man among the white Venetians, despite his intelligence, honesty, sincerity, and apt fighting skills. Author, Brent Staples, shows through the main character the ability of the black man to be perceived as the victimizer of violence and savagery, when in reality, he is the victim of racist attitudes defined by history of the past. Similarly to Othello, despite being an educated and reputable man in society, attending the University of Chicago, people are quick to assume that a “youngish black man-a broad six feet two inches with a beard and billowing hair, both hands shoved into the pockets of a bulky military jacket seemed menacingly close” (Staples) to a women one late evening in an impoverished section of Chicago. Others perceive the black man as dangerous and an individual to fear, leading the black man to associate himself with ugliness and fear, conforming to the white society, shown through Staple’s story where the black man takes precautions to appear less threatening, while Othello embraces white culture in his attitude, dress, and personal beliefs about his…

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