William Shakespeare, Othello
Iago: “an old black ram / Is tupping your white ewe (1.1.88-89)
Jealousy is a major theme in Shakespeare’s Othello and underpins the events that lead to the tragic denouement of the play. Iago’s words highlight how this theme is explored in psychologically complex and disturbing racial and sexual terms. The development of the plot seems to both undermine and to validate racist and misogynist stereotypes. Discuss.
Your answer should keep in mind the genre of the play and make detailed reference to the play.
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