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For as long as literature has been around authors have used imagery to make their point more understandable Many times the use of bestial imagery is utilized to draw similar themes or traits between the actions of a character and others in the story This is not a new technique in fact it is one that dates back to the days of Shakespeare The play Othello portrays bestiality as recurring theme and image from the beginning to the final verse of this tragedy In the case of Othello success also meant socio-cultural imitation of the social values of the dominant society or in blunt terms living white MacDonald 33 His invisibility his conscious submergence of his oppositeness is now stripped away A flesh of racism is added to make him into a savage brutish man a black man who hides his oppositeness beneath a facade of whiteness He achieves his white destiny but he still retains that one aspect of his character the beast The evidence of bestial imagery is seen in terms of animalistic portrayal Iago Othello and Michael Cassio just to name a few characters in this play that have bestial imagery associated to them The comparison of bestial thoughts and depictions in various characters brings about the theme of bestiality in Shakespeares Othello One of the best ways to understand the use of animal imagery and the duration of its existence is to compare the famed Shakespearean Play Othello with a more recent work called Goodnight Desdemona Good morning Juliet by Ann Mac Donald While MacDonalds story is an actual spoof of two Shakespearean plays that includes Othello as well as Romeo and Juliet the use of animal imagery is as strong as it is in the original play of Othello In her story Macdonald uses the image of the cat and mouse game with which to draw a mental picture for the reader of the various chases that went
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