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Describe Black and White Imagery in Othello.

Describe Black and White Imagery in Othello.

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  1. In Othello, black and white are represented by Othello and Desdemona. While Desdemona is pearl white and represents purity, innocence, beauty and virginity, Othello is considered uncultured, primitive, fear, anger and inferiority.

    These motifs are used profusely by Iago and other character like Brabantio, Rodrigo etc. In other instance and quite unconventionally, Shakespeare represents evil Iago with white ethnicity and virtuous Othello with black skin and Moorish ethnicity.

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