The theme of jealousy in the play Othello

Othello, written by William Shakespeare is the story of sexualized jealousy. Jealousy and envy take a toll on the story from beginning to end. Jealousy is the “green-eyed monster” that is inherently unreasonable. Othello, as well as, the other characters feature jealousy as the dominant motive for their actions. Shakespeare portrays sexual and romantic jealousy, … Read more

Original ‘Othello’ / Sport for Jove production / Film, ‘O’ (2001)

Society is ever-changing and our view of the world around us is constantly forming. Since Shakespeare wrote, ‘Othello’, society’s views have changed, and the interpretation of texts change along with it. Each individual’s perspective on the ideas presented in a text shift with cultural conditions in our ever-changing world. The original script of ‘Othello’ was … Read more

Desire drives Jealousy: A Green Beast of Freight in Shakespeare’s Othello

Humans often learn by imitating others, which sometimes involves imitating others’ desires. However, this can be problematic because when two humans desire the same object, it can turn into conflict and violence, which can lead to destruction. According to Rob Wilson in “Othello: Jealousy as Mimetic Contagion”, “Desire is mimetic. It always focuses on some … Read more

Jealousy in Othello

To understand the many dramatic occurrences that happened in this tragic story, A person must understand the motives of every character in the book. In the play Othello, jealousy and envy are prominent themes within the characters from the beginning to the end (Shmoop Editorial Team). As the play slowly unfolds it is evident that … Read more

The Problem Of Patriarchy And Anxious Masculinity In Othello

‘Of all his tragedies, Othello is Shakespeare’s most relentless and excruciating’ because it ‘concentrates on the systematic immolation of one man’ argues Geoffrey Benet of the Antioch Review. Shakespeare’s Othello is engrossed with issues of jealousy, sexuality and gender as the audience watches Othello fall into the pit of deception that his ensign, Iago, has … Read more

Othello Essay #1

Othello Essay #1 In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello, Iago manipulates Othello’s poor judge of character, insecurity, and jealousy by deceiving the Moor into lies and doubts. Although Iago appears to be an honest and good man, he is very ambiguous as he brings the downfall of Othello. Iago is skillfully manipulative as he utilizes … Read more

An Intertextual Reading of the Play Othello and the Film O (2001)

Intertextuality is the interrelationship between literary works whereby each text is seen as a product shaped by other literary works. The Bulgarian critic Julia Kristeva is said to have invented the term while its meaning can be traced back to the works of Russian philosopher M. M. Bakhtin (Harder, 2017). Intertextuality explains the fact that … Read more


Othello is certainly an overlay of the features that define tragedy as explained by Aristotle, Hegel, Nietzsche and Eagleton. Hence, to say that the play is Hegelian does not necessarily mean it is not Aristotelian. While Aristotle focused on tragedy Hegel focused on the tragic. Both features of tragedy and the tragic are to a … Read more