Othello: The Stereotypical Moor
Helen Liu Turley English 10. 7 10 June 2010 Othello: The Stereotypical Moor Shakespeare’s Othello continued stereotypes by portraying Othello, the Moor, as envious and passionate. Othello was revealed as envious by his response to Desdemona, his partner, apparently unfaithful. Desdemona is viewed as “the sweetest innocent [t] hat e’er did raise eye” by most people who have known her (IIII. ii. 196-197). However, as soon as Iago suggests that she has actually been cheating, Othello starts to doubt her. He turns paranoid, and he checks out into her every relocation.
Furthermore, Othello jealously presumes the worst of every scenario. For instance, Othello catches Bianca, Cassio’s enthusiast, with his handkerchief (IIII. i. 134). He immediately believes that Cassio had given her the scarf he had actually obtained from Desdemona (IIII. i. 177-179). Othello then chooses that Desdemona offered him the scarf since they were having an affair together (IIII. i. 177-179). For all he knew, Desdemona may’ve lost it, or Cassio might have taken it. In this way, Shakespeare depicts Othello as evaluating rashly due to his jealousy.
Despite the fact that there was very little considerable evidence for Desdemona’s regret, Othello’s jealousy overwhelms him. This jealousy is a basic quality of a Moor. By showing that Othello is envious, Shakespeare perpetrates the stereotype for Moor. Shakespeare continues to support this stereotype in Othello by demonstrating how enthusiastic Othello is. Moors are thought about to be aggressive and passionate. Othello reveals this quality in 2 various however similarly crucial ways. He enjoys Desdemona passionately, and he likewise eliminates her strongly.
In the previous, Othello swears that he would have “the winds blow till they have wakened death” if he could have the joy of seeing Desdemona (II. i. 183-184). He never ever exchanges an extreme word with her, and showers her with love (II. i. 192-198). Even Cassio, his captain, expects Othello’s love for Desdemona to” [g] ive renewed fire to our extincted spirits” (II. i. 80-81). Even though they do not understand each other very well, Othello already loves Desdemona mostly due to the fact that she pities him (I. iii. 167).
This passionate love portrays Othello as a stereotyped Moor. Undoubtedly, Othello is additional cast as the standard Moor when he kills Desdemona. By this time, his enthusiastic love for her has actually developed into passionate vengeance. Nevertheless, it is still the exact same enthusiasm and aggressiveness that stereotypical Moors would have. Like the stereotype, Othello violently smothers Desdemona till she dies (IIII. ii. 83). He likewise attempts to have Cassio eliminated, swearing that he would “have [Cassio] 9 years a-killing” (IIII. i. 180).
His aggressiveness towards both Desdemona and Cassio shows how strongly passionate he is. This highlights the label of a Moor. All in all, Shakespeare continues the stereotype of a Moor in Othello. Othello judges Desdemona to be cheating quickly due to the fact that he is entirely envious. In addition, he both enjoys and eliminates her passionately. Othello is revealed to fit under the typecast of a Moor since he is jealous and enthusiastic, two key characteristics of a Moor. For that reason, Shakespeare keeps this stereotype of Moors through Othello.