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Othello Britannica article explaining the plot and setting of Othello. Images, video, links.
Article from Virginia Mason Vaughan examines various critical analyses of Othello. British Library.
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
An article about jealousy in Othello. The manipulative puppet master: an exploration of jealousy (Dr Jennifer Minter, English Works, 2016)
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
Describes how Othello is one of Shakespeare's tragedies. Created to support literature class. 8 min. Bruce Derby
Globe Theatre Fact Sheets
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.
Digital Theatre - videos include:
1. English Touring Theatre’s stylish reimagining of Shakespeare’s tragedy unlocks the play for a contemporary audience, presenting an Othello forced to conceal his Muslim faith in order to survive and thrive in Venetian society.
2. Production of Othello from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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.
Bell Shakespeare Company synopsis of the play and videos of specific Acts 3.3 and 4.3 and then in conversation with actors commenting on performing these acts.
d'Houet Library Books
Othello by William Shakespeare; John Crowther (Editor); SparkNotes Staff
Call Number: 822.33 T7
Publication Date: 2003
One of the most powerful dramas ever written for the stage, Othello is a story of revenge, illusion, passion, mistrust, jealousy, and murder. If in Iago Shakespeare created the most compelling villain in Western literature, in Othello and Desdemona he gave us our most tragic and unforgettable lovers.
Othello by William Shakespeare; Jane Coles (Editor); Rex Gibson (Contribution by)
Call Number: Teacher Reference 822.33 T7
Publication Date: 1992
A prose retelling of Shakespeare's play in which a jealous general is duped into thinking that his wife has been unfaithful, with tragic consequences.
This edition of Othello is especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, and rigorous but accessible scholarly credentials.
What is Othello about? This Cambridge Student Guide will help students to evaluate the historical, social and cultural contexts for a broader understanding of Shakespeare's play. Contents include an introduction; detailed running commentary on the text; insight into historical, social and cultural contexts; analysis of the language; an overview of critical approaches and different interpretations; essay-writing tips and lists of recommended resources.
Insight Study Guides are written by experts and cover a range of popular literature, plays and films. Designed to provide insight and an overview about each text for students and teachers, these guides endeavor to develop knowledge and understanding rather than just provide answers and summaries.