Rodrigo’s racial reference to Othello as “thick lips” (Act 1, scene 1) brings in the theme of racism, which is apparent throughout the play. In addition, a few lines later in the scene, Iago refers to Othello as “an old black ram”. 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. Again, he is judged not by his character, but by the color of his skin.