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THE HISTORY OF THE PLAY

Othello to be a Berber or a Negro is beside the point. Shakespeare neither knew nor cared. To him a Moor was a dark, exotic man, and he might call him "black," for he once declared that his brunette ladylove in Sonnet 147 was "as black as hell." In using this descriptive phrase Shakespeare was reacting against the convention of the period which attributed the height of beauty to fair skin and golden hair. Actors who chose to play Othello as a coal-black man, however, were probably taking Shakespeare's words too literally. Shakespeare was not trying in Othello to emphasize any racial differences between the hero and the heroine, though the differences in their backgrounds provide Iago with plausible suggestions for Desdemona's alleged disaffection. Othello, as Shakespeare characterizes him, is a soldier of fortune from a foreign country, a hero, who wins Desdemona by his bearing and the romantic recital of his adventures in strange lands. When enemies of Othello want to abuse him, they speak opprobriously of his alien looks and wonder that Desdemona could love so strange a man, but that is part of the reality of the characterization, not a hint on Shakespeare's part of "racism." The unhappy times when men would read some suggestion of racial prejudice into every piece of literature concerned with alien characters lay some centuries ahead.
Actors of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries traditionally played Othello black, usually in some strange Oriental garb. In the later years of the eighteenth century, John Philip Kemble portrayed Othello as a dark-skinned Oriental type and dressed for the part in a mixture of British military uniform and Turkish trousers and turban. A few years later Edmund Kean

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