Discuss the Relationship Between the Problem of Race and the Structure of Domestic Tragedy with Special Emphasis on the Role of the Triggering Agent in Othello.

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Discuss the relationship between the problem of race and the structure of domestic tragedy with special emphasis on the role of the triggering agent in Othello.

Before I discuss the relationship between the problem of race and the structure of domestic tragedy, it is very important to understand the problem of race and the structure of domestic tragedy specifically.

The problem is race is central in the play. Othello is one of the first ‘black’ heroes in the English Literature. The very first instance wherein we get to know about major racial discrimination is when he refers to Othello as meagre ‘black’ moor who is ‘thick-lipped’. . Before Othello’s first appearance he is referred as the ‘Moor’ and the thick lips and is never called by his real name.Othello was the ‘black’ army General of an army of the ‘white’ community.

According to Wikipedia, “a Domestic Tragedy is a tragedy in which the tragic protagonists are ordinary middle- class or lower class individuals”. Othello is domestic tragedy because it invovles the matters and conflicts between a husband and a wife. A Shakespearean tragedy generally involves a male who outstands every other character in the play yet has to go through immense suffering. A domestic tragedy takes place in a personal setting.

Iago is the triggering agent that we are talking about in the play. From the very beginning, iago controls the play. He not only has a hand in the following course of events but he also controls the fate of various characters in the play.
Iago has enormous hatred for Othello not ony because othello over-looked his (iago) merits but also because he is a thick-lipped Negro, a sub-human whom iago cannot stand.

Now, I shall state the relation between the problem of race and domestic tagedy putting a special emphasis on iago, who is the triggering agent in the play.

It is ironical that though

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