Words are not always interpreted by the audience as the speaker had intended. Certain words could have multiple connotations that could change the context of the word from being a praise or a nickname to a slur or an insult. In literature, there are many examples, some controversial, of words not being taken how they are meant or just the use of such words in general. In novels such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Othello, words such as the “Nigger” and “Moor” are used in such fashion to either discriminate, praise, or a blend of the two to make certain characters of color stand out amongst the other characters. The use of words that could bring up a negative connotation such as “Moor” in Othello and “Nigger” in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, should be used in educational facilities to teach students of the past so that the nation and its citizens can move past …show more content…
It certainly is not for the reason that he leads the army. It is because he is black and he is married to a white woman, Desdemona (Toker 39). If Othello had not been married to her, Iago would not have targeted him, he would not have schemed against him, and most importantly, neither Othello nor Desdemona would have died. All this is apparent from the very beginning when Iago tells Brabantio of Othello and Desdemona’s union using derogatory words, “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram/ is tupping your white ewe.” (Shakespeare 1.1.98.) Iago and the rest of the Venetian society hates Othello for the reason that he is different and is married to one of the most beautiful Venetian woman. They are jealous of him therefore they have hatred against him. The readers of the early nineteenth century have made the word “Moor” a racist word and they have changed how people view the play from a tragic play to one of racism. “Moor” as a word is not racist if you know its origins. It is just a synonym much like “negro.” They all mean the same thing,
The “n-word” and term “slavery” both have a negative connotation to them, in regards to the book, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, the excessive use of the n-word has negatively impacted the book. As viewed by many, the immoderate use of this word has caused an uproar in schools around the United States and various schools have already begun removing this book from its curriculum. Mark Twain used the n-word a total of 219 times which has lead to many speculating that if students read this book, it will promote the language used in the book, such as the “n-word”. Although many suggest that the “n-word” impacts the book in a negative way, some also state that this word helps set the foundation of how racism was in the 1800s. A new version
Why Would a Good Novel be Kicked out of the Classroom? A trashy and racist book wouldn 't be allowed in classrooms. The novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, is getting a lot of negative talk about. The dominant problem that students, parents, teachers, and even professors, face , is the usage of the n-word.
When confronting the problem of the amount of times The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has used “n-word” some may believe that keeping the word shows the significance of this certain time period. For instance, the book took place in the late 18th century. This period was a time of complete racism and complete segregation of African
Othello: A Close Reading This is an analysis of the lines 260-279 of the third scene of the third act of Shakespeare’s Othello. In an attempt to fulfill the incessant need for comfortable dichotomies, societies tend to be divided into two groups: the ‘in-crowd’ and the ‘others’. These strict dualities, constructed upon the inherent need for adversaries, are often as arbitrary as they are false and based on nothing but fear.
The Power of Words In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, one particular word is creating a deep controversy in the reading community. The word, “Nigger” is used in the novel as a derogatory term for a black person. The mentioned “six letter word” is subject to much debate on whether or not The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be published without the word. Although the novel has been republished without the word, readers from all across the United States have been arguing that taking away the dreadful “six letter word” demoralizes the history, pain, and learning opportunities that the word carries in the novel.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a book written by Mark Twain, has been a controversial book ever since it's release in 1885. The classic American canon is about a young white boy who ran away from his alcoholic father, faked his own death, and went on a journey where he met a runaway slave seeking for freedom, and together on a raft, they face obstacles, learn more about each other, and encounter new people. However, the book has been controversial ever since its publication due to the multiple use of the word “nigger”; although one can argue that it’s beneficial for helping readers develop both cognitive and non cognitive skills, some may argue that the drawbacks outweigh its benefits. Needless to say, despite the multiple use of the “n-word”
Shakespeare often uses dramatic irony in order to let the audience know something that the character doesn’t. Othello’s character is the epitome of dramatic irony. The novel frequently returns to situations in which the characters use irony, an example being the many times that Othello puts his trust in Iago. Iago is two-faced due to his jealousy of Michael Cassio, who gets the role of Othello’s lieutenant, rather than Iago, who is stuck being the ancient. It was also mentioned later that not only Iago hates Othello due to jealousy, but also because “...it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets/’Has done my office.”
(Othello 289-291)” While he is complimenting Othello, he also feels the needs to bring his race into it. This shows how his race will always be present no matter what he is being judged on. Despite loving everyone, even his closest “friend” judges him the hardest. Othello puts all of his trust in Iago without any doubt in his allegiance.
This racism towards Othello is indicative of Shakespeare is having Iago lash out so early in the novel when he is the person who starts the killing and destruction. Shakespeare brilliantly uses the race of othello to gain power for Iago the the beginning of the novel. Ruth Nevo writes “The entire presentation of othello in the first act is geared to this perception of him, and it is in this light that both Iago’s contemptuous references to black rams and the barbary horses and othello’s exotic evocation of antres vast and deserts idle, his free unhoused condition and his descent from men or royal singe, become fully operative in the dramatic scheme.” (1) This statement perfectly describes the mood of the first act as this is when othello really becomes affected by his race and the racist comments that he receives even though he seems to not let them get to him the comments affect him a great deal. It may also be perceived as Othello believed everyone who told him wrong things, did he do this while he was coming to power in the military?
Manipulation is shown in many ways such as politics, the media, misleading information and false advertising. To convey one’s thoughts to your own advantage is seen as crude and unnecessary. However, many people have their reasons in manipulating someone whether they are good or bad. In Shakespeare’s Othello, the concept of taking advantage of someone through manipulation leads to unnecessary, horrible events.
Iago’s underlying motives are racism. He constantly refers to him as the Moor even though he has been in countless battles with him. He openly called him an old black ram and a barbary horse. He also repeats the fact that he hates Othello many times. He says to Brabantio, “You’ll have your daughter covered in barbary horse, you’ll have your nephews neigh to you,” ( 1.1.125 - 126 ).
Manipulation of the African Race in Othello In William Shakespeare’s Othello, racism is a principal theme that drives the plot of the entire play. An outlier in Venice, Othello the moor or African, is targeted by his ensign Iago because Cassio who seems to be unqualified, was promoted to a lieutenant before he was. Iago is driven by envy and jealousy and creates a confusing and elaborate plan to deprive Cassio of his position. Iago also shares these envious motives with Roderigo, a man lusting over Othello’s wife.
The imagery in this movie greatly enhanced its ability to hold viewers attention, specifically the symbolism of Desdemona's handkerchief. Viewers find themselves lost in thought, wondering when will Desdemona’s handkerchief resurface? Desimonas handkerchief plays a much bigger role in the movie than the original play. Not only is it used to convince Othello that Desdemona is cheating on him, but there is also the added scenes where Othello uses it to wipes away Desdemona’s tears. In this scene the hankie symbolizes the couples love and commitment, and that this devotion may soon be lost.