Iago refers to Othello as “an old black ram” who "Is tupping [Brabantio's] white ewe" Through this use of animal imagery, Iago suggests that Othello is dirty and filthy. The words “old” and “black” implies that he does not deserve a young pretty woman like Desdemona. This also alludes to the theme of racism in the play.
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In the play, deprecatory references to animals are sometimes used to invoke the beastly and irrational nature of animals, or to scorn a character. For instance, in order to depict Othello as savage and vulgar, Lago describes him as an "old black ram" and a "Barbary horse." When Roderigo laments how he is tormented by unreciprocated love, Lago snaps: "Drown thyself? Drown cats and blind puppies!"
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8. "THE RADICAL MOOR: German actress Susanne Wolff dons a gorilla costume to play the role of Othello in a February 2011 performance by Berlin’s Deutsches Theater." With this production, the racism is heightened to the point of absurdism. He is being made into a dangerous animal. An animal associated to African American stereotypes. This director made a very bold statement that emphasized race. It seems like the whole play would become about that instead of jealousy and betrayal.