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VCE Literature Texts: Othello


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Summary and Analysis

Professor Bradley Greenburg of Northeastern Illinois University provides an in-depth analysis of the plot, themes, characters, symbols, and motifs in William Shakespeare's play Othello. 15 min. Course Hero

Othello - Characters

Othello - Themes

This film is a great starting point for students studying the theme of "evil" in Othello. Inter-cut with exciting footage from a screen dramatisation of Othello, this film features various authorities discussing Shakespeare's choice of language, character and theme. 24 min.

William Shakespeare's Othello explained with play and scene summaries in just a few minutes!  Professor Bradley Greenburg of Northeastern Illinois University explains the themes in William Shakespeare's play Othello. 3 min Course Hero

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National Theatre - Othello

View the images in the production gallery and the rehearsal gallery from the National Theatre of London’s recent production of Othello. Download the background pack for an overview of their rehearsal process to gain an insight into the staging decisions that were made for this show.


Jealousy, passion, misplaced trust - the themes of this tragedy permeate this fresh adaptation that moves like a swiftly plunged dagger and features actors filled with the fire of their craft. In this Othello, we see how Shakespeare's plays can be reshaped and reinvented for the screen without diminishing their power. The Moor who 'loved not wisely but too well' commands attention now and for generations to come. Stars Kenneth Branagh, Laurence Fishburne, Irene Jacob. 1hr 58 min.

This video showcases fine performances of pivotal scenes from Shakespeare’s famous play "Othello". The performances are direct yet nuanced and the speeches are delivered in such a way that it will greatly aid students in understanding the meaning of Shakespeare’s language. 23 min.

Shakespearean play in its entirety, filmed at the Globe Theatre London, live. Features a raft of Shakespearean performers and Royal Shakespeare Company alumni. 1hr 33 min.

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