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Othello

William Shakespeare

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Suggestions for Further Reading

Bradbrook, Muriel C. Themes and Conventions in Elizabethan Drama. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition 2002.

Bradley, A. C. Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, & Macbeth. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Cavell, Stanley. Disowning Knowledge in Six Plays of Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Gurr, Andrew. The Shakespearean Stage, 1574–1642. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Heilman, Robert. Magic in the Web: Action and Language in Othello. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1956.

Kolin, Philip, ed. Othello: New Critical Essays. New York: Routledge, 2001.

Rosenberg, Marvin. The Masks of Othello. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, new edition 1992.

Shaughnessy, Robert, ed. Shakespeare in Performance. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000.

Snyder, Susan. Othello: Critical Essays. New York: Garland, 1988.

Vaughan, Virginia Mason. Othello: A Contextual History. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

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enthusiastic jealousy

by IndustrialCarnage, April 02, 2013

This is perhaps one of Shakespeare's more interesting plays, if you will. In comparison to Macbeth it isn't quite the walk in the park.
I think conceptually it enables the reader to see that characters can influence characters to such a degree that the original traits are masked and changed. Tragedy in this play is definitely a main component - and a great emphasis that perhaps the villain doesn't always find their true defeat. In a way, wasn't the "villain" successful? He lied to everyone and pretty much killed whomever got in his way.

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Emelia

by Promatter, January 11, 2014

Just a theory
The role of Emelia in Othello.

Before I begin expounding on this thought, let me first say that I am not a Shakespearean “Scholar”. I am just a teacher who loves teaching Shakespeare on the off-chance that one of my students will get bitten by the bug and want to study and read more of the man than just the set works that he or she has to cover for exam purposes.
Having taught Othello to matric classes for the past 4 years, I have developed a few theories of my own about Shakespeare’s “bit” actors,... Read more

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Wholesale Destruction by an Honest Many

by ReadingShakespeareby450th, February 17, 2014

Othello was the final play in my effort to read all of Shakespeare before his 450th. It was a great time reading them all, and Othello was one of the most difficult and darkest (so often pitting light against darkness).

While racism in Elizabethan England wasn't the same as that of the 21st century, it certainly was a backdrop to the play, and Shakespeare, this time, seemed to challenge it.

If you're interested, see my blog on Othello:

http://ow.ly/tIlv1

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