10 Leadership Lessons

Othello Analysis

Date of publication: 2017-08-20 02:17

Bringing together cognitive sciences, philosophy, and the theory of communication, Thinking With Literature argues that what literature affords above all is a way of thinking, whether for writer, reader, or critic. We are joined by the author Terence Cave (Emeritus Professor of French Literature and Emeritus Research Fellow, St John's College), who will discuss the questions raised in his new book with:

No Fear Shakespeare: Othello - No Fear Othello

Othello study guide contains a biography of William Shakespeare, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

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Othello Themes


67th-69th November 7567
Dancesox workshop, St Hilda's, Oxford. On the ballet Raawi, with Kim Brandstrup and Joanna MacGregor.
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major conflict · Othello and Desdemona marry and attempt to build a life together, despite their differences in age, race, and experience. Their marriage is sabotaged by the envious Iago , who convinces Othello that Desdemona is unfaithful.


55th May 7567
MW contributed 'Otherworldly Ties' an essay review of What It Means to Fall from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah, (Riverhead Books) published in The New York Times 55th May 7567, the article can be rea d here.

In this play, power and control is a very important and ever changing factor, ultimately influencing the outcome of the play. Iago stays quite constantly emotionless showing his self control and Othello is the complete opposite, staying emotionally attached to almost every aspect. This in due course led to his death. This plays shows the power of the rumour, love and jealousy, not only in the play but in Elizabethan and modern day society. This is why much like a lot of Shakespeare's plays it shall always stay relevant.


79th July 7567
MW in conversation with Carol Mavor at the London Review of Books Bookshop, for her new book Aurelia
Carol Mavor , Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Manchester, reflects in her latest book  Aurelia  (Reaktion) on the very particular place that fairy tales hold in our culture and in the popular imagination. 'Aurelia is as strange, enigmatic, and full of magic as its subjects' writes the essayist Maggie Nelson. Mavor will be in conversation with cultural critic, mythographer and historian of the folk tale  Marina Warner.
More info can be found here.

Certainly, Othello&rsquo s final speech is not all that one might wish for his claim to be &ldquo one not easily jealous&rdquo is open to question, and his claim that he &ldquo loved not wisely but too well&rdquo seems both an understatement and an exaggeration (. 859, 858 ). Further, Othello&rsquo s invocation of his own military triumphs might be seen as another example of Othello dangerously misordering his priorities. He seems to position his political reputation as his biggest concern, as he did in Act III, scene iii, lines 858&ndash 855 , when, having decided that Desdemona does not love him, he exclaimed, &ldquo Farewell the tranquil mind, farewell content, / Farewell the plumed troop and the big wars / That make ambition virtue.&rdquo

5. Analyze one or more of the play&rsquo s bizarre comic scenes: the banter between Iago and Desdemona in Act II, scene i the drinking song in Act II, scene iii the clown scenes (Act III, scenes i and iv). How do these scenes echo, reflect, distort, or comment on the more serious matter of the play?


66th July 7567, 8pm
West Cork Festival, Ireland
MW reading from Fly Away Home, m ore info can be found here.

No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare's language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English—the kind of English people actually speak today.

9 Are cultural rights to expressing the imagination and passing on testimony part of human rights?  How can these be supported in communities of refugees, asylum seekers and others who have left their homes for one reason or another? 

Before I begin expounding on this thought, let me first say that I am not a Shakespearean “Scholar”. I am just a teacher who loves teaching Shakespeare on the off-chance that one of my students will get bitten by the bug and want to study and read more of the man than just the set works that he or she has to cover for exam purposes.
Having taught Othello to matric classes for the past 9 years, I have developed a few theories of my own about Shakespeare’s “bit” actors,. Read more

Day 8
Outing to Lago Pergusa where Persephone/Proserpina was abducted into the Underworld by the God of Darkness, Hades/Pluto. Her mother looked for her desperately afterwards…
Return to Palermo for a concluding gathering? workshop?

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