Context in Jacobean times

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  • Context in Jacobean times
    • Race
      • London
        • Common to have black musicians and servants
        • 1596
          • Queen Elizabeth tried to expel black people
            • hardly any expelled as house owners refused to give them up
      • The language of "blackness"
        • Act 1
          • Iago : "making the beast with two backs"
          • Brabantio : Desdemon-a's love for Othello defies nature
            • must be the result of witchcraft
        • Act 2
          • Roderigo "the devil"
            • implies black men are inferior
        • Act 3
          • Iago says Desdemona will "recoil to her better judgement "
            • D will realise what she has done is wrong
      • Act 5
        • symbolism
          • white
            • virginity
            • purity
          • "blacker devil"
            • black = dirty?
    • Religious Divisions
      • Arab Africans
        • held in high esteem
        • described as being noble
      • Sub-Saharan Africans
        • "theft and violence"
        • "The negros likewise lead a beastly kind of life"
    • Customs in the theatre
      • Jacobean representations of other races
        • violent
        • blood thirsty
        • lecturvious
      • 20th century
        • Not until the 20th century that it became the dominant idea that othello should be played by a black man
      • Pre 20th century
        • common for white performers to paint themselves dark for black roles
          • mockery i.e. "Black Minstrel Shows"
            • reinforces the white control over the discourse of race

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