OTHELLO Othello is one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces. It is especially so because of its vivid characters and wide-ranging themes. There is the Moorish general Othello, who is out of place in Venice, who allows jealousy to get the best of him. And there is Iago, a person who Coleridge once described as embodying “a motiveless malevolence.” Together these two characters—the protagonist and the antagonist—act out the play’s greatest theme: jealousy and possessive love.
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