Reality Vs Reality In Othello

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William Shakespeare stands to be one of the greatest literary geniuses of all time. His plays have enamored numerous audiences and inspired countless writers over the last several centuries. One of his great tragedies is “Othello: The Moor of Venice.” In this play especially, language has the same power as action; speaking about an event will make that event become reality for those who hear, and it will affect reality as if that event had taken place. Words become the initiators of action, and once spoken they cannot be counteracted because they alone determine the course of the future. More specifically, the words the characters use to assemble their thoughts and conversations divide the play in half; one half being reality, and the other, illusion. Throughout the course of Shakespeare’s “Othello,” the worlds of reality and illusion are constructed in order to reveal the underlying theme of perception vs. reality. The term “world” is difficult to define because different people…show more content…
When Brabantio says “world”, he doesn’t just mean all the men in the world, he also means God. His idea that Othello has tricked Desdemona is so strong that he subjects himself to God’s judgement if he is wrong. In calling Othello an “abuser of the world” he gives the audience a sense that this trickery not only goes against the laws of men, but also against God. In this scenario the term is used to reference the world of illusion, a world Brabantio wants to convince Othello he is a part of because of his race. There are several demeaning terms used to define Othello, and instead of being referred to by his name, he is mentioned mainly as “the Moor.” As the play progresses and Othello’s character is more developed, however, it is clear that he does not fit the limiting and racist descriptions given to him by his peers. This then renders Brabantio’s accusations completely irrelevant because they were made on a false perception of
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