Othello

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  • Hey Arlee! How's school been?
  • Hey Cat, we've been reading Othello in my English class and I can't seem to understand some parts of it.
  • Funny you say that! I'm reading Othello too! I read this article that may help you understand a little bit better.
  • However, I think it's strange that Shakespear supposedly makes it clear that Othello is a Chrisitan but then illustrates Othello in the sense of "Islamic men's extreme outrage" in situations involving the hankerchief.
  • Really? Tell me about it! That's one of the parts that I've had a hard time with.
  • That's a very good point. It's along the same lines of how he overreacted to Desdemona "cheating" on him. He murders her and kills himself without knowing all of the facts. Overall, there are certain points I agree with in this article but some I think are a stretch.
  • Meredith Skura introduces the idea that the novel really isn't as racist as we want it to be, and it is more about religious prejudice.
  • Wow! I always thought the whole play was centered around racism. If it's really about religion and Othello is a Christian, why do people still not like him?
  • Well, this topic is somewhat controversial. Skura's idea is that Shakespear "removed the primary ground for audience prejudice" by "making him a Christian rather than a Muslim.
  • Is it controversial because his religious beliefs can be questioned? Iago says that Othello "[renouced] his baptism" out of love for Desdemona, allowing us to infer he is not very religious.
  • Exactly, I agree with Skura on the idea that we made Othello out to be more racist than it is but her argument about religion is very weak because of what Iago says.
  • Yes, I really liked her point of view that we see racism in places where it's really not, maybe because of the controversy of racism in our society. However, her idea of religion is hard to prove.
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