Love is a powerful blindfold; it can make a person see things that are not there or look away from things that would pain a lover. Othello is blinded in his love for Desdemona, blind to all the consequences of a secret love, and ultimately blinded to the treachery of his friend Iago. Desdemona is also blinded, she does not see the color of Othello’s skin, and even up to the last she never curses him for his actions. Othello and Desdemona prove that love is more powerful than race to each other but proving it to the world is a different matter. Desdemona’s father Brabanzio holds racist thoughts, and calls them aloud in response to the union of his daughter and Othello. Iago uses racism to wield power and speaks of Othello’s blackness as a means of bringing people such as Brabanzio, Roderigo, and many other people closer to his side. The issue with the racist comments made through the play is that they are made out of spite for Othello, and not for his color but for his position, and his wife. Othello does not portray any of the qualities that the racist stereotypes would make him out to be, and only after much deception from the person that he most trusts does he display any bit of the savagery it is claimed a
" (290) Othello also says to Lodovico, Cassio, and Graziano that when they tell the world of his actions that they, ". Arise, arise!" (88-89) Iago knows that Brabanzio will be furious with any man that takes his daughter and points out Othello"tms race as a flaw to further infuriate Brabanzio. Othello maintains a civilized manner throughout the play, more so than the men around him who drink and fight and lie and deceive, until the end when he has been strung too far along and he kills Desdemona. " (129) Obviously Othello was considered acceptable company for a man of Brabanzio"tms position. Othello"tms insecurities allow him to be drawn in by Iago"tms deception. Othello was never before so in love, and he looks upon Desdemona as the most incredible being there is. Iago gives Othello reason enough to believe the infidelity of Desdemona and nothing she says will disprove what Othello believes he has seen, or thinks he has heard. The play is about love and the trouble love can bring. Also, the racist comments are made by dishonorable people who seek to destroy a man for their own gain, proving that racism is a poor attribute to have. He also states that the reason for Desdemona"tms love stems from his frequency of visiting Brabanzio"tms home at Brabanzio"tms request, saying, "Her father loved me, oft invited me. Othello murders Desdemona, smothers her in the bed they share and the whole time he dislikes this action. Iago is the biggest proponent of the racist propaganda and uses Othello"tms race to his every advantage. He says of Othello that he lacks, "loveliness in favor, sympathy in years, manners and beauties"" (222-223) He speaks these words to Roderigo as a way to convince Roderigo that he stands a chance of gaining Desdemona"tms love, and not as a truth. Any man could have come to that end; it is not the color of Othello"tms skin that makes him murder Desdemona.