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Jas MudherEnglish Mrs Southwell 271000 This essay aims to explore the Elizabethan perception of the unnaturalness of the marriage between Desdemona and Othello through the eyes of William Shakespeare The most obvious and conspicuous issue that would emphasise the theme of unnaturalness would be the topic of race Othello was a black Moor portrayed throughout the play as a black ram and beast with two backs or simply as The Moor Shakespeare accentuates the quandary in Othello by making his hero an outsider a man from a different race and from a different country one who doesnt quite belong in the society in which he lives Othellos sensitivity to the issue becomes clear when Iago uses it as proof that Desdemona couldnt be faithful to a man so foreign-such a match is unnatural he says Othellos self confidence once so strong is easily eroded by Iagos ability to convince him that he is inferior to the men of Venice The fact that Othello is much older than Desdemona and of a different race would allow any member of the audience to deem the situation as unnatural Even for those who were not racist and the Venetians in the play were would think it more likely and thus more natural that she would be attracted to a younger white man Indeed thats one of the reason Othello falls for Iagos plot it makes more sense to him that she should love Cassio than that she should love him I think that the Elizabethans would have been revolted by the idea of this old for the age difference between Othello and Desdemona was large black Moor the son of slaves who was tupping the beautiful young white Senators daughter Desdemona Marriage was merely a convenience in which women were traded off in exchange for large dowries and sums of money Desdemona with her beauty and innocent nature would have fetched
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