William Shakespeare’s Othello

Character List


USEFUL WEBSITES

Othello hyper-concordance.  Look up specific words or references in the text.  Or try this Google book and type in the desired word on the left.


Othello Penguin Study Guide


Cinthio’s Tale:  The Source for Shakespeare’s Othello


CRITICISM

View Margorie Garber’s Harvard lecture  (audio only)


A.C. Bradley’s Shakespearean Tragedy Lectures.  Lectures V and VI are on Othello


Audio Criticism

The BardCast guys present a very easy-to-listen-to introduction to the play


Oxford Professor Emma Smith’s

2021 lecture on the play:  How important is race to the play?

Forgot your book?  Read Othello online.  Another online version from OpenSource Shakespeare


Or try it with No Fear Shakespeare--a side-by-side modern English version


(For fun, take a look at the First Folio version of 1623.)


LISTEN TO EACH SCENE OF THE PLAY--WHILE YOU READ OR BEFORE YOU READ


Watch the 1995 film version, with Laurence Fishburne as Othello and Kenneth Branagh as Iago.


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Othello Essential Questions
JEALOUSY.  How natural is the feeling of jealousy to the human condition? What are examples of its destructive potential?
REPUTATION.  How important is your reputation to you?  What would be the result if you lost it?
INTER-RACIAL RELATIONSHIPS.  How far have we come in accepting such connections?.  What accounts for any lingering discomfort?
VILLAINY.  How do we account for the pleasure to hurt others?.  What, if anything, distinguishes a villain in literature or film from one in real life?