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Lang 1 Liam Lang S. Sims Honors British Literature 2 March 2021 Othello: The Eternal Outsider While outsiders can do their best to try and integrate themselves into a new community; ultimately, the differences between themselves and their adoptive communities are difficult to erase. Sometimes, these differences can become a source of conflict between the outsider and the community. The story of Shakespeare's Othello describes this process from its genesis to its logical conclusion: the destruction of both the community and the outsider. In several ways, Othello was doomed from the start; trying to find love and acceptance among foreigners is a difficult task, especially when one is burdened by a painful past and psychological baggage. Othello's inherent differences prevented him from fully integrating himself as a true Venetian, and exacerbated the distrust between himself and those in his community. Othello's inherent differences from the other Venetians, namely his race, military background, and his traumatic past prevent him from properly integrating himself into their society and ultimately result in his psychological breakdown and demise. Introducing an outsider into a new community can be difficult, especially when the separating factor is race. Even in the contemporary age, with changing attitudes towards race and the emergence of true multiracial societies, there appears to be a constant friction between the native society and the newcomers. In Europe, for example, "Anxieties have arisen in numerous European polities over their supposed failure to integrate newcomers. Consequently, their models of integration are said to be in crisis" (van Reekum and Rogier 421). Furthermore, European

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