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It has been argued that Othello is accessible to us today because of the issues of racism, love, betrayal, and jealousy. Pick one and explain why Othello is accessible to us.

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Racism is a prominent theme. Since racism is a relevant topic today, especially after the recent Trayvon Martin shooting, the use of Othello is especially applicable. Because Othello, the Moor of Venice, reflects Muslim heritage, the racial profiling of Arabs and Muslims in America and worldwide after 9/11 also warrants that this play is still relevant to readers today.

Iago and Roderigo in the opening scene use racist slurs, calling Othello "an old black ram," "the devil," and a "Barbary horse." They refer to the interracial marriage of Desdemona and Othello as "gross clasps of a lascivious Moor."

Brabantio is another character who applies racist remarks abot Othello, such as his "sooty bosom." Emilia, too, remarks, "O, the more angel she, And you the blacker devil!" Brabantio exclaims, "Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see, / She has deceiv'd her father, and may thee." Calling one by one's race is pretty objectifying and racist.

In terms of racism and secondary sources, one article offers reactions:

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Racism in Othello is explored using notes and references to validate.

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