Othello

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Act-by-Act Analysis

Betrayal. Revenge. Sexual anxiety. As the devastating events of the plot unfold, consider in what ways jealousy functions as a major character. How does Shakespeare rely on the darkest parts of human nature to advance his narrative? And can you justify any of the characters' actions? (Do any deserve a redemption they do not get?)

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General Analysis

What does Othello suggest about jealousy and fidelity, and how can it be read as a still-timely encapsulation of racial tensions? As you read, consider the importance of symbols in the play — both to the characters and to the audience. What does Desdemona's white handkerchief represent to the audience? To Othello? And in what ways does the character of Othello function as a bellwether of Venetian society?

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Literary Devices

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Character Analysis

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Social-Historical Context

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Themes and Motifs

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Trust and mistrust

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Womanhood and sexuality

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