Shakespeare’s Timeless Tragedy

You probably read Hamlet, either the play or its Sparknotes, in English class. Maybe you wrote an essay about “to be or not to be” or captioned an Instagram post “To thine own self be true.” However, you most likely didn’t think Hamlet was relevant to your life. My experience reading Hamlet was cathartic because… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Timeless Tragedy

“Were I the Moor” Part 2

Continued from “Were I the Moor” Part 1 Recognizing the relationship between Othello and Iago as that of a General and Ensign is crucial to understanding their relationship as one of a protagonist and his ego. Although it is Iago who gains control over Othello, the general Othello is the “master” of Iago the ensign. Othello holds a superior position to Iago; hence he should… Continue reading “Were I the Moor” Part 2

“Were I The Moor” Part 1

Iago as a Manifestation of Othello’s Ego Scholars of Othello too often categorize the villain, Iago, as a mere sociopath. While this diagnosis is psychologically valid, it confines Iago to a trope that limits the emblematic potential of his character. Many attempt to get inside Othello’s head in order to see the loyal Iago he… Continue reading “Were I The Moor” Part 1