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Othello, social position, Studies in English Literature,Iago, unborn child, racial background Content: William Shakespeare 's tragic play, Othello, and Aphra Behn's short novella, Oroonoko, are two literary pieces that basically deal with the narratives of Othello and Oroonoko who share common African origin and are characterized by a natural-born talent that allowed them to excel on the battlefield and secured them a higher social status in their respective communities.
Although these heroes enjoyed high social positions, exuded admiration for their martial skills and have enjoyed admiration and respect in their communities, they have never been considered socially equal to a white member of the society.
They both remain trapped within the unbreachable confines of the stereotypical Moor. This article attempts to discover similarities and differences between Shakespeare's Othello and Aphra Behn's Oroonoko by delving into their racial backgrounds, social positions, marital unions and their tragic ends.
Othello, in the words of Abdullah Al-Dabbagh, "has always been one of the clearcut of Shakespeares tragedies. More limited in scope and apparently less provocative of grand, philosophic themes, it is usually classified as no more than a domestic tragedy based on the theme of jealousy" AlDabbagh,p.
However, Marjorie Garber, in her book entitled Shakespeare After All, expresses the following about the play: On the other hand, Behns Oroonoko, one of the earliest English novel, was constantly considered as an outcry and objection for slavery. Cross stated that "Oroonoko is the first humanitarian novel in English" as cited by Moulton,p.
Similarly, Anita Pacheco focuses on the humanitarian aspect of the novel when she states that: Numerous scholars have made claims for Oroonoko as a kind of proto-abolitionist tract, some seeing the novella as a genuinely humanitarian statement of the evils of slavery, while others, more circumspect about casting Behn in the role of abolitionist, have insisted that Oroonoko did make an early contribution to antislavery thought, whether through its alleged criticisms of Western civilization or through its ennobling and humanizing of an African Pacheco,p.
It is the first English novel to portray dark-skinned Africans in a thoughtful and affectionate way. Even though Behn never directly criticizes the slavery, the victimized heros point of view endorses a criticism of subjugation.
Elliot Visconsi, in his article called "A Degenerate Race: English Barbarism in Aphra Behns "Oroonoko" and "The Widow Ranter," stated that "Oroonoko has been read as an abolitionist tract, a critique of European colonialism, a meditation on Behns status as a professional female author, and as an allegory for the regicide of Charles I or the deposition of James II" Visconsi,pp.
The novel has been regarded as a significant symbol for the development of the ,noble savage, a term invented by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and furthered by Michel de Montaigne. The recent criticism on Oroonoko mostly concentrates on the examination of the text in terms of colonialism, alienation and exoticism.
Even though Shakespeares Othello and Aphra Behns Oroonoko are two works written in two different literary genres, the former being written for theatrical purposes and the latter being composed with the aim of providing financial income in the form of a novella, the similarities between the main characters in both these literary works cannot be overlooked.
Despite 85 years of difference between their respective times of www. Oroonoko and Othello possess many common attributes. This article attempts to expose these similarities and differences between these works of literature. They both emerge from Africa and bear similar dark skin color.Eventually, after Iago has cast doubt on Cassio's honesty, suggested he is disloyal, and hinted that Desdemona is unfaithful, Iago tells Othello, "O beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock / the meat it feeds on" ().
The character of Iago has occasioned far less critical disagreement than that of Othello. Because there is no possibility of any difference in the moral judgement to be passed on his nature and his behaviour, the innumerable studies of him tend to elaborate aspects of the negation he embodies - materialism, perversion, hatred, bestialism.
William Shakespeare >The English Shakespeare wrote King John (), despite its one strong character a relatively weak play; and the second and greater with sexual impurity, with the difference that that impurity is the fantasy of the protagonist about his faithful wife.
Iago, the villain who drives Othello to doubt and murder, is the. Shakespeare Critical Anthology: Tragedy The portrayal of Iago 33 2 The character of Othello 35 3 Othello, race and society in personal essays, or ultimately in your examination responses: • Understand the interpretation being put forward about the literary text(s).
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