Shakespeare’s Othello

This paper discusses the struggle between good and evil; love, hate and jealousy in Shakespeare’s Othello.

The charge of witchcraft is especially relevant, because it underlines how Othello is perceived as a stranger; capable of strange arts because of his religion and appearance, even by the side he fights for, the people of Venice. And it might be added, that because Desdemona falls in love with Othello because of his power to tell stories about his strange life, which includes being sold into slavery but also cannibals and men whose heads grow beneath their shoulder, his strangeness and ‘otherness’ becomes a source of attraction.