Othello Belonging Analysis

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The intricate concept of belonging is one of a complex nature, that can be developed and formed within an individual’s identity in accordance to an amalgamation of attributes; such attributes include people, places, societies and the larger world. These attribute are often influenced by context. When a coalescence of these features is beneficial to an individual, a sense of belonging is generated, creating acceptance and union within them. On the other hand, when these features are detrimental to an individual, a sense of belonging, or in this case, lack thereof, is produced, forming solitariness and seclusion within them. Though the notion of belonging may stimulate ideas of inclusion and involvement, some texts may choose to depict decisions of exclusion or obstacles that hinder…show more content…
An excerpt of Act 1, Scene 1 (Lines 110-112) explores this concept when Iago exclaims “Because we come to do you service and you think we are ruffians, you’ll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse, you’ll have your nephews neigh to you.” Shakespeare cleverly incorporates animalistic imagery to showcase the role that race has in a society and its effect on an individual’s social standing. Iago uses his relationships to manipulate those around him and convey his dehumanisation of Othello, expressing his true perception of him and exhibiting his hatred towards him, as it shows what lengths he will go to in order to take revenge on Othello. His belief that he is entitled to Othello’s promotion angers him when he finds out that he is not the promoted one; rather it is Cassio, as he reflects on the military experience he has in comparison. Though Othello is a general that serves Venice, Iago disrespects him and refers him to derogatory terms such as “The Moor” because of his race. Furthermore, the word “your” is used in reference to Desdemona, Brabantio’s daughter. It exemplifies the power that Brabantio has over his daughter and the

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