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Introduction to Othello

English Literature

A Level


5m 19s

Othello is a play about how a Moorish general Othello is provoked to murderous jealousy against his Venetian wife, Desdemona, by his trusted ensign, Iago. Othello is also notorious for being Shakespeare’s most graphic and sexually explicit play. In fact, the mixture of sexual imagery with racist insult is so disturbing that critics have called into question whether the play should be produced at all. For Iago incites the Moorish general to jealousy by a pornographic sexual innuendo that convicts his wife Desdemona of being a prostitute simply because she has chosen to marry a black man.



Dr Paul Hamilton

Brian Penman