What does the black and white imagery in Othello imply beyond racial issues?

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Black and white are universal symbols of right and wrong or good and evil, but in Shakespeare's "Othello" there is an evident reversal of imagery. Shakespeare uses this particular twist of metaphor to reinforce the idea of the detrimental effect of preconceived ideas about people, in other words 'prejudice.'

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