An Outsider Position In William Shakespeare's Othello

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As mentioned before, when African Americans settled in England, there was a very long period of looking at them as “others” and “outsiders.” This idea is also captured in Othello. It is apparent that many African Americans at the time felt like they had no belonging or no real home since they left or were taken from their previous one. It is clear they did not feel like they belonged, nor were they welcomed in this new European one. They seemed to be like wanderers, exactly the way Othello is portrayed in Othello. Shakespeare obviously wanted to give the audience an understanding of “otherness” so that they could understand Othello’s outsider position in European society. In her paper, Alyssa McGrath expands on this topic by explaining, “Regardless

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