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Explain Racial Prejudice in Othello by Shakespeare.

Explain Racial Prejudice in Othello by Shakespeare.

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  1. Racial bias and prejudice is strident in Othello with the title character facing the brunt of it. Pitting his physical virtues against his wife Desdemona who is fair and pear white in complexion becomes a constant tone of discussion and attack.

    Iago, Brabantio, Rodrigo, Othello (self-flagellation) all show a clear revulsion to Othello’s race and even his ethnicity being a ‘Moor’.

    Desdemona is probably the only person that decided to look past the racial difference between herself and Othello and accept him for his valour and courage.

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