Othello - Black and white imagery

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a presentation on black and white imagery found in Shakespeare's play Othello. Goes with the song black or white by Michael Jackson behind it


  • 1. Black and White imagery
  • 2. Even now, now, verynow an old black ramis tupping your whiteyew
  • 3. Black is the colour of night, or evil. It can also represent ideas such as power, wealth, mystery, fear, unhappiness, sadness and anger. Many of these we can relate to Othellos character at some point in the play. Even now, now, very now an old black ram is tupping your white yewWhite represents purity, innocence, goodness and virginity. Itjuxtaposes the colour black and the quote suggests its Immediately marks aunnatural for them to be together. It paints Othello as a savage difference betweenbully who is using his size to take advantage of Brabantos Othello and hissmall, innocent daughter. European peers.
  • 4. Repetition of now places emphasis on the List of 3 a powerful importance and urgency of the action being rhetoric device. carried out.Even now, now, verynow an old black ramis tupping your whiteyew Iago equates Othellos ethnicity with bestialityVulgar and animalist language used in description.Graphic imagery making something romantic intosomething disturbing and an unwelcoming thought.
  • 5. If youre thinkin about my baby, it dont matter if youre black or white.
  • 6. The Dukes statement is Colour imagery used to ironic, since Othello is black, but talk Brabantio out of his truthful, because his soul is good prejudices and light. And, noble signior, If virtue no delighted beauty lack, Your son-Light and dark are again juxtaposed in-law is far more fair than black Although this is a compliment for Othello, colour stereotyping is stillDistinct separation between portrayed - Othello was expected toblack and white people be the bad person due to the colour of his skin.
  • 7. If youre thinkin about my baby, it dont matter if youre black or white.
  • 8. More subtle black and white imageryMost of the scenes in which Iago furthers his evil plan are set at night, as are other scenes of chaos and sources of disaster. For example, the actual elopement of Othello and Desdemona; most of Iagos meetings with Roderigo; all the actions carried out by Roderigo to further Iagos plans rousing Brabantio, getting Cassio drunk and into a fight, and Desdemonas murder. (plot spoiler, sorry!)
  • 9. Hell and night, shall bring this monstrous birth to the worlds light.
  • 10. Black and white are symbols of good and evil. They are also a pair, so without white as the symbol of good you cannot fully understand the idea of black as evil. In Othello Shakespeare plays with the traditional conception of black and white and good and evil in society and culture. Shakespeare assigns the good character, Othello, black ethnicity and the evil character, Iago, white ethnicity.
  • 11. Im not gunna spend my life being a colour
  • 12. Arise, black vengeance, from the hollow cell!
  • 13. If youre thinkin about my baby, it dont matter if youre black or white.
  • 14. The constant references of dark versus light work well as a parallel to the theme of good versus evil running throughout the play.
  • 15. If youre thinkin of being my brother, it dont matter if youre black or white.
  • 16. The theme and imagery of black and white is used throughout the play to metaphorically represent events at the time. Eventually, the light and love between Desdemona and Othello falls into darkness and despair, ultimately ending with the "black devil" of despair and darkness triumphing violently in the final act.
  • 17. O, the more angel she, and you the blacker devil!
  • 18. Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom of such a thing as thou
  • 19. My name, that was as fresh as Dians visage, is now begrimed and black as mine own face.
  • 20. Put out the light, and then put out the light.