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Is Othello’s Race the Determining Factor for His Downfall?

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Is Othello’s Race the Identifying Factor for His Downfall?In Shakespeare’s terrible play Othello, numerous scholars have actually disputed on what was truly the defining factor which caused Othello, the primary protagonist’s eventual downfall. Although there are many contributing causes, the fact that Othello is born a black man in a predominantly white Venetian society is, in reality, the primary cause. Merely from Othello acknowledging the fact that he is a black guy breaking the social standards of such a society ultimately, yet obliquely, triggers the other reasons which added to the Moor’s downfall. Although Othello is a”departure from the stereotype”(Butcher, 247), his insecurities still get the very best of him in the end. Othello is typically analyzed by scholars as a white guy in the body of a black male. In Edward Berry’s essay “Othello’s Alienation, “the author talks about the concern of race with regards to Othello; his” stress and anxiety about his blackness “works as a contributing consider his vulnerability to Iago’s sneaky plot, his vindication for his actions, and his anger towards Desdemona(Berry, 325). John Arthos takes the argument even further by mentioning how, through his

insecurities, resulted in the murder of Desdemona, which inevitably sealed Othello’s doom(Arthos, 103-104 ). And thus, by supplying well-defined proof through short articles by numerous scholars and as well as from the play itself, the readers will hopefully see how, above all else, it was in truth Othello’s skin colour which conclusively spurred his failure. Othello’s Racial Identity Philip Butcher Shakespeare Quarterly Vol., No. 3(Jul., 1952), pp. 243-247 Released by: Folger Shakespeare Library in association with George Washington University Othello’s Alienation Edward Berry Researches in English Literature, 1500-1900 Vol. 30, No. 2, Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama( Spring, 1990 ), pp. 315-333 Published by: Rice University The Fall of Othello John Arthos Shakespeare Quarterly Vol. 9, No. 2(Spring, 1958), pp. 93-104 Released by: Folger Shakespeare Library in association with George Washington University

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