Racism, Ethnic Discrimination, and Otherness in Shakespeare’s Othello and The Merchant of Venice

International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies

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Title Racism, Ethnic Discrimination, and Otherness in Shakespeare’s Othello and The Merchant of Venice
 
Creator Moghari, Shaghayegh
 
Subject Deconstruction, Racism, Shakespeare, Marriage, Otherness
 
Description This study aims to present a comparative examination of the traces of racism and discrimination in two plays of Shakespeare, Othello and The Merchant of Venice, written in 1603 and around 1598, respectively in the Elizabethan Period. The attempt in this paper is to explore the construction of racism and the evidences of discrimination as depicted in Othello and the Merchant of Venice by use of the deconstruction of marriage. For this purpose, it deconstructs the marriage by focusing on Othello in Othello, and The Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice; and, depicts racism and discrimination by comparing the characterizations of Othello in Othello and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Both sections critique the cruel issues these people experienced as other. The notion of ‘otherness’ and its application in the characterizations of Othello and Shylock, Othello vs. Shylock, the application of deconstruction of marriage to Othello and The Prince of Morocco, and racism in Othello and The Merchant of Venice are among the major items on which this article elaborates following by a conclusion describing the role of human conscience in racial and religious discrimination.
 
Publisher Baynoon Centre for Studies and Development
 
Date 2021-07-20
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://bcsdjournals.com/index.php/ijecls/article/view/252
10.47631/ijecls.v2i4.252
 
Source International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies ; Vol. 2 No. 4 (2021): International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies; 25-41
2709-7390
2709-4952
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://bcsdjournals.com/index.php/ijecls/article/view/252/143
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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