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The Moor Of Venice: A Tale Of Overt Racism

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Moor; A simple word, in current English it brings to mind an image of ships or sailboats docked in the harbor. For this reason I was slightly confused why it would be assigned to a person, seemingly as a rank or title. However, the Oxford English Dictionary defines moor as “[A] native or inhabitant of ancient Mauretania, a region of North Africa corresponding to parts of present-day Morocco and Algeria” (OED). Knowing the true definition of this term brings forth a whole new angle under which to view this work by Shakespeare.
Throughout the play, Iago is obsessed with tearing Desdemona and Othello apart. While not the only contributing factor, I would argue Othello’s race plays a role in ...view middle of the document...

4.26-28). She qualified Moor by adding noble, as if to set him apart from the rest of the Moors due to a special quality she sees in him. Desdemona used the Moor only two other times, both in front of the Duke when Othello was being questioned by Brabantio.
When Emilia is starting to unravel Iago’s lies after Othello has killed Desdemona she says to Othello, “O thou dull Moor, that handkerchief thou speak’st of I found by fortune, and did give my husband” (5.2.222-226). Not only is she characterizing Othello as a dull man, she is saying he is a dull colored man. Throughout the final three acts Emilia emitted the Moor a total of nine times.
Cassio’s single utterance of the Moor comes in the beginning scene of act 2, when he is talking with Montano and the Gentleman of Cyprus while awaiting the arrival of Othello’s ship. This occurance of the Moor in the play seems to be the only time the phrase is uttered in an exalting manner, as Cassio is thanking the inhabitants of Cyprus for approving of Othello while begging the heavens to permit Othello’s safe passage to the island.
The remaining characters; which includes Roderigo, the Senators, the Gentlemen of Cyprus, Montano, and Lodovico call Othello the Moor a total of 12 times between them, with overwhelmingly...

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