Essay heading: What is wrong with Othello? Does Othello work as a play?

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Throughout the play, Othello is confronted with the idea that because he is black he is not good enough for Desdemona, and their very being together is against nature. In Act 3, Scene 3, line 96, it is said by Brabantio: “To fall in love with what she feared to look on?” This comment, and the implication that a good white girl would not even look at a black man would lower further Othello’s self-esteem, and make it easier for Iago to later on exploit his insecurities...
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Also, in act 2, scene 1, line 220, Iago comments: “What delight shall she have to look upon the devil?... Very nature will instruct her in it, and compel her to some second choice”. Once again, this line reinforces that because Othello is black, it is unnatural for him to be with Desdemona. After Iago has been dropping hints about Cassio and Desdemona having a relationship, in act 3, scene 3, line 265, Othello comments; “ Haply for I am black” essentially admitting his fears that it is because he is black that Desdemona is unsatisfied by him...
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