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Othello - A Racist Play Although there are lots of things to suggest this is a racist play I dont think that racism actually dominates the play even though it has a racist theme There is a romantic union between black and white which gets destroyed because most people think the relationship is wrong At the time the play was written 1604 even the Queen of England was racist so there must have been a strong hatred of blacks around that time Most racist comments in the play are said by people that are angry or upset For example when Emilia found out that Othello had killed Desdemona she was extremely mad and she called Othello a Blacker devil this was the only time in the play that she had said anything racist about Othello The main characters that have racist attitudes are Iago Brabantio Roderigo and Emilia with the hatred of Othello as the basis for their racist actions and comments towards him Iago is the most racist character in the book as he has it in for Othello right from the start What sparks off Iagos hate towards him is the fact that when Othello chose his lieutenant it was Cassio who was chosen instead of Iago What made Iago angry was the fact that Cassio had no experience in war when he did and Cassio was chosen instead of him Iago does not say anything racist to Othellos face but he has a lot to say against him behind his back He schemes to destroy Othello and anything in his way including Cassio and Desdemona The first time we hear one of his racist comments is when hes talking to Brabantio about Othello and Desdemona Even now very now an old black ram is tupping your white ewe Iago says this to try and turn Brabantio against Othello Iago uses racist comments all the way through the
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