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IntroductionThesis Shakespeares Othello is not simply a play which embodies the conflict between insider and outsider The paradigm of otherness presented in this play is more complicated than the conclusion Othello is different therefore he is bad Othellos character is to be revered He is a champion among warriors an advisor among councilmen a Moor among Venetians Yes Othello is a Moor but within the initial configuration of the play this fact is almost irrelevant His difference is not constructed as otherness Othello by his nature is not an otherized character Besides being the dark-skinned Moor Othello varies in no real way from the other characters in the play Further Othello and Iago can be seen as two sides of the same destructive coin With Iago as a foil and subversive adversary Othello is not faulted for the indiscretions he commits It is the invention and projection of otherness by various characters in the play especially Iago which set the stage for the tragedy of dissimilarity which is to ensue Continually confronted with his difference and apparently associated inferiority Othello eventually ingests and manifests this difference in a violent rage against the symbol and defining emblem of his otherness Desdemona Yet who is to blame Which character is redeemed through our sympathy so that another can be condemned Othello the dark-skinned murdering Moor himself The separation of his otherness from explicit and innate evil contrasted with Iagos free-flowing and early- established taste for revenge and punishment alleviates Othello from responsibility Surely Othello has wronged and is to be held reprehensible--with his death--but even this is a self-inflicted injury rather than a punishment which is judicially meted out unlike what we are led to believe Iago will suffer Initial Impressions In Shakespeares tragedy of Othello we see Othello
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