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Homework Help: Shakespeare's "Othello"

Posted by Juan on Saturday, June 9, 2007 at 8:09pm.

What evidence is there that Othello may have been a Mexican?

Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. A Mexican may have played Othello but if you are referring to Shakespeare's Othello: A Christian Moor and general of the armies of Venice.

P.S. Perhaps you would like a definition of the word "Moor:"

Main Entry: Moor
Pronunciation: 'mur
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English More, from Middle French, from Latin Maurus inhabitant of Mauretania
Date: 14th century
1 : one of the Arab and Berber conquerors of Spain
2 : BERBER
- Moor·ish /-ish/ adjective


Very little.

I googled Othello Shakespeare Mexican and came up with nothing useful. A Mexican at the time that Shakespeare wrote this play -- 1621 -- was a native American -- an Indian.

This article discusses Othello's race and concludes he was African. Note that the references are all to Africa, not to the New World.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Othello

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