Who is the most iconic Black character in literature?

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I was told in a lecture today that Othello was the most iconic Black character in literature. Is this true? I'm sure he's up there, but are there any others?

I don't want any answers like "Oh, he's been played by a black person before." I want explicitly black. I'm just curious after hearing that statement from the lecturer and I'm not that well read. Help me out :awesome:
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No, I am. /thread
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Tom Robinson in 'To Kill A Mockingbird' would be amongst them maybe?
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Tom Robinson in 'To Kill A Mockingbird' would be amongst them maybe?
Agreed. Nice choice.
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I would have thought The Green Lantern was up there.
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I was about to say the guy from To Kill a Mockingbird, but I see someone got there before me.

Him, and yes, as you pointed out, Othello.

I honestly can't think of any others...
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Tom Robinson in 'To Kill A Mockingbird' would be amongst them maybe?
No.. he did nothing.
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(Original post by Colonel Brusnahan)
I was told in a lecture today that Othello was the most iconic Black character in literature. Is this true? I'm sure he's up there, but are there any others?

I don't want any answers like "Oh, he's been played by a black person before." I want explicitly black. I'm just curious after hearing that statement from the lecturer and I'm not that well read. Help me out :awesome:
Off-topic but I believe George Osborne was educated in St Pauls not Eton
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Not Othello, for sure. There aren't many black characters in fiction, oddly enough. If literature only, I guess Okonkwo. If not - Morpheus for show.

Or Gandalf
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No.. he did nothing.
Depends on what your definition of iconic is. To me he is iconic, because of all he symbolises. Doesn't matter if he has a rather passive role in the book. The vast majority of people will struggle to think of any Black character more iconic in literature than him and Othello.
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Depends on what your definition of iconic is. To me he is iconic, because of all he symbolises. Doesn't matter if he has a rather passive role in the book. The vast majority of people will struggle to think of any Black character more iconic in literature than him and Othello.
Fair point.
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Black Beauty
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I'd say Othello overall. But depending on what social groups and in which country, I'd say Shaft from Ernest Tidyman's novels could be an option? I mean, he's well-known from the films but he is, essentially, a literary character?
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Jesus Christ.
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Your mum
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Blaise Zabini in Harry Potter. He touched the souls of a country, truly.
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to kill a mockingbird dude....

or the great gatsby...It doesn't say he is black....but it is heavily infered
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Othello, because at the time everyone was shocked that Shakespeare dared to use a black man in his plays. Back then they wouldn't let black people on the stage, so the character of Othello was played by white men with dark make up on.
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Aaron from Titus Andronicus? He was my second thought after Othello.
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Okonkwo from Things Fall Apart. Altough I would say Othello is more influential
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