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English: Unit 2 : Othello

Analysing arguments and presenting a point of view


Shakespeare and Othello

Quote in Context

And what's he, then, that says I play the villain? 
When this advice is free I give and honest, 
Probal to thinking, and, indeed, the course 
To win the Moor again
                                           Othello (2.3), Iago

Written during Shakespeare's great tragic period, which also included the composition of Hamlet (1600), King Lear (1604–5), Macbeth (1606), and Antony and Cleopatra (1606–7), Othello is set against the backdrop of the wars between Venice and Turkey that raged in the latter part of the sixteenth century.

William Shakespeare's Othello: Short Plot Summary and Historical Context to the Story WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S OTHELLO is a timeless story about race, love, jealousy and betrayal. But where did Shakespeare get the idea for plot and its historical context? By Ben Arogundade. [Feb.10.2016] 

Media portrayals

Literary Criticism

Othello as a tragic hero from Shakespeare online

Othello Character Analysis Othello Characters Analysis features noted Shakespeare scholar William Hazlitt's famous critical essay about characters of Othello. (From Absolute Shakespeare)

Why is Othello Black? Understanding why Shakespeare made his tortured tragic hero a Moor. By Isaac Butler


Othello in art

Study Guides

Shakespeare Online : Othello study guide (See the bottom of the page for helpful resources and the bottom of each scene for full explanatory notes)

Books in the Library