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by William Shakespeare

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What do the other characters in Othello think of Othello and how does this shape the character of Othello?

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Othello's self image is influenced by the racism that prevails in Venetian society and which he internalizes. For example, when Brabantio, Desdemona's father, hears his daughter has eloped with Othello, a black man, Brabantio perceives this as unnatural and perverse, stating:

To fall in love with what she feared to look on!
It is a judgment maimed and most imperfect
That will confess perfection so could err
Against all rules of nature

Brabantio also speaks disparagingly of Othello's "sooty bosom." Iago, of course, takes it as an affront that a black man would marry a white woman and does all he can to incite Brabantio to rage over it.

The status of being a black man in Venice is not lost on Othello. When he believes that he has discovered that Desdemona has been...

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