The presentation of the Arabic character in Shakespeare's Othello

Amal Riyadh Kitishat, Mohammad Akram Alzu'bi


This study is mainly concerned with the investigation of the word choice that denotes racial significations. The nature of the signs attributed to form at the end a negative picture of the Oriental character. Though the Arabic character , represented  by the Moor ,acquires noble characteristics; yet the racial treatment of this figure is apparent. Most of his positive personal characters are ignored simply because he is "black". The study investigates the racial treatment of the Arabic character and its complicated implications which

reflex the Elizabethan racial prejudice against the Arabs.   The study concluded that most of the imagery and signs are of racial and negative implications.

Keywords: Drama, Renaissance, racism, the image of Arabs, English literature

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