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Humans have always felt the need to differentiate themselves from one another We see examples of this in history geography language and even mathematics Even less complex is the notion of race Race is an ideology that has always existed but only recently that is within the last 100-200 years been defined It is simple to differentiate between peoples based on the color of ones skin Race and hence racism has been expressed in literature since the time of Shakespeare Shakespeares plays and sonnets have been studied and loved since they were written He wrote about politics treatment of women and also the notion of race Two of Shakespeares characters particularly stand out in regards to race they are Aaron the Moor from Titus Andronicus and Othello also a Moor from Othello I wish to show in this essay a comparison of attitudes toward race in Titus and Othello with particular attention paid to Aaron and Othello I will also give examples from John Leo Africanus A Geographical Historie of Africa translated to English in 1600 to give further insight into Shakespeares depictions of the Renaissance Moor Titus Andronicus was first performed around the year 1593 Aaron plays what Emily Bartel writes in her article Making More of the Moor a consummate villain in this play an incredibly cunning and conniving character I speculate that Shakespeares audience would assume Aaron to be recently from Africa given the date of the first performance of the play Furthermore the audience may assume that Aarons journey from Africa would be in an attempt to assimilate the term was normalize during the Renaissance him as was being done at the time in Europe In this extremely violent and gruesome play Aaron has a hand in every single violent act which he admits in Act V sc I Tut I have done a thousand dreadful things yet he still wishes he could do more 41 143 144 Though he
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