Colorful Othello :-an analysis of the color imageries used in the play “Othello” Imagery, in a literary text, occurs when an author uses an object that is not really there, in order to create a comparison between one that is, usually evoking a more meaningful visual experience for the reader or it may be defined as the use of more vivid figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas. And the color imagery is one of the prominent in them ,it refers to the use of colors by the author to describe the nature of items or to help the reader develop a specific sentiment about the object or scene. Shakespeare makes use of such color imageries to represent ideas or to set the mood for the scenes taking place. The use of such color imagery enhances the play, causing the reader to look past the mere words and search for the deeper meaning behind the scenes. The colors, specifically black, and white create symbolic and metaphoric meanings which contribute to larger themes such as racial prejudice, good versus evil, .The colors has forwarded the characters in the play . These images, along with their corresponding idea or theme, influence the actions of the characters, concluding in the murder of Desdemona by Othello. The color black and white the most weight and contribute much to the actions of the characters; those colors often are used as a comment on race, on good and evil. Throughout history, the color black has always been used to set the mood for evil and deceit. In Othello, Iago, the antagonist, construes most of his evil plans in the dark of night. The play does not proceed far into the first scene without a racial statement, where Iago informs Brabantio that Othello and Desdemona have run away together “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram/
Is tupping your white ewe”
Iago refers to Othello as a “black ram” and to Desdemona as a “white ewe,” pointing out the differences in skin color. A ram, since it has horns, can also be symbolic of the...
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