In Othello, is there interplay between self-perception and others' perception?

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In Othello, reputation matters, and there is an interplay between how characters perceive themselves and how they are perceived by others. Othello, for example, perceives his skin as "begrimed" and dirty because he internalizes how people of color are viewed in European society. In another example, Cassio perceives himself as "bestial" after Iago smears his reputation, a reflection of how others now see him.

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Othello, the character whose interiority we most experience, has a self-concept that is influenced by how he is perceived by others. Despite being a well respected and very successful military leader, he feels vulnerable because of his race.

His racial vulnerability is a product of his perceiving how Black people are looked down on in racist Venetian society. He has internalized that negative perception, as can be heard is such utterances as the following:

Her name, that was as fresh
As Dian's visage, is now begrimed and black
As mine own face.

This statement, from act 3, is Othello's response to Iago, who has falsely insinuated that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. Othello is saying that her infidelity blackens or lowers her reputation. His describing his face as "begrimed and black" is a negative assessment of his race, that comes from the pervasive racism in his social milieu. We know this is a reflection of his society because of utterances such as this by Brabantio, who states that Desdemona feared Othello's looks because of his race:

To fall in love with what she feared to look on!
It is a judgment maimed and most imperfect.

In a second example, Cassio's sense of himself suffers when he realizes his reputation has been harmed. Iago gets him drunk and manipulates him into a fight, then "unwillingly" tells Othello that Iago almost killed Montano. As a result, Othello demotes Cassio, not knowing the whole situation was set up by Iago. Cassio expresses his sense of loss of self-respect that comes with how others perceive him, by comparing himself to a beast:

Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost

my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of

myself, and what remains is bestial.

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In Othello, how is Othello's self-perception impacted by the events in the play?

A very important part of the play to consider in regard to this question is Act V scene 2, when Othello kills himself, but before he does this, he delivers a speech which clearly shows the way that he regards himself and also presents some sort of justification for taking his own life. This is what he says:

Then must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well,
Of one not easily jealous but, being wrought,
Perplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand,
Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away
Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdued eyes,
Albeit unused to the melting mood,
Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinable gum. Set you down this,
And say besides that in Aleppo once,
Where a malignant and a turbaned Turk
Beat a Venetian and traduced the state,
I took by th’ throat the circumcised dog
And smote him thus.

Othello initially talks of how he wants to be remembered. What is fascinating about this speech however is the way that Othello recognises his strengths, which he sees as military prowess and bravery, but also he identifies himself as an outsider in Venetian society, as he occupies a position where he is both accepted and rejected by Venice. The fact that he chooses to kill himself the way that he once killed a "turbaned Turk" shows that ultimately, as a result of what has happened in the play, Othello identifies himself as an enemy of Venice and as a result his last act in the play is to rid Venice of another of its foes: himself. The self-perception of Othello is therefore greatly impacted by the events of the play, as Othello comes to regard himself as a threat to civilised order.

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