If he had not been prompted through jealousy and his own sense of self-loathing, Othello would continue to have been regarded in high esteem by the rest of society. Neulip defines this process as follows: The individual loses his or her original cultural identity as he or she acquires a new identity in the host culture.
Employs images to corrupt Othello's mind; eventually, gets him to use his own register of corrupt language.
There is something else we must remember about characters in a drama or narrative: they are also there to drive the plot and act as foils to other characters. The image is reversed later in the play, when Emilia comments that men 'are all but stomachs, and we all but food' 3. Having set himself up as Roderigo's instructor, Iago goes on to lecture him through a series of questions, mainly rhetorical.
The contradiction within this dialogue proves that the perceptions projected onto Othello, perceptions he is well aware of, have no real relation to reality. They are human beings but they have dramatic significance too.
Objective readers and spectators of the play are expected to denounce racism. For the rest of society, he was considered a noble and virtuous general, and his color was of little consequence. He is a bold and impulsive liar, turning the slightest bit of hearsay into fact, when if any two people were to compare notes at any time, Iago would be caught.