Ch 2: Othello Literary Analysis & Devices

About This Chapter

The Othello Literary Analysis & Devices chapter of this Othello Study Guide course is the most efficient way to understand the symbolism and other literary devices in this play. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand essential information about the literary devices used in Othello.

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Anyone who needs help learning about the literary devices used in Othello will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to get an analysis of Othello or to understand it's use of literary devices. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the literary devices used in Othello or how to analyze the play
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Othello Literary Analysis & Devices chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to understand an analysis of Othello, and it's literary devices, for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Literary criticism of Othello
  • Shakespeare's characterization of Othello
  • Othello's symbols and symbolism
  • Dramatic and verbal irony in Othello
  • The villain in this play
  • Othello's use of gender roles and role of women
  • Literary devices used in Othello including, foreshadowing, figurative language, metaphors and more

20 Lessons in Chapter 2: Othello Literary Analysis & Devices
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Othello Literary Criticism

1. Othello Literary Criticism

William Shakespeare's 'Othello' is a complex and fascinating play that has inspired reams of literary criticism since the time it was written. This lesson will examine some of the most common critical approaches to the play.

Othello, The Moor of Venice

2. Othello, The Moor of Venice

Why does Shakespeare's play Othello have the subtitle, 'The Moor of Venice'? Why is Othello so often referred to as 'the Moor'? It turns out this is an essential piece of understanding this play's context and characters. Let's take a closer look.

Literary Devices in Othello

3. Literary Devices in Othello

William Shakespeare's tragedy ''Othello'' follows the story of Othello, a moor who secretly marries Desdemona. Their secret marriage is discovered and terrible events take place. In this lesson, we will look at the literary devices used to develop this tragedy.

Symbols & Symbolism in Othello

4. Symbols & Symbolism in Othello

This lesson explains how symbolism works, particularly in literature. After working through real-world examples of symbols, it takes up several key symbols that Iago, the villain of Othello, uses to accomplish his plot and communicate with the audience.

The Handkerchief in Othello

5. The Handkerchief in Othello

William Shakespeare makes great use of symbols in the tragedy ''Othello.'' One of those symbols is Desdemona's handkerchief. In this lesson, we'll take a look at what the handkerchief symbolizes.

Irony in Othello: Dramatic & Verbal

6. Irony in Othello: Dramatic & Verbal

Shakespeare used many literary techniques in his plays. Irony is one that he is famous for. In this lesson we will examine dramatic and verbal irony in William Shakespeare's Othello.

Is Othello a Tragic Hero?

7. Is Othello a Tragic Hero?

'Othello' remains one of William Shakespeare's most illustrious and controversial works. The play traces the downfall of the title character, who infamously succumbs to jealousy and manipulation. The question remains: Is Othello a tragic hero?

Who is the Villain in Othello?

8. Who is the Villain in Othello?

In William Shakespeare's ''Othello'', a man is manipulated into murdering his wife and then committing suicide. In this lesson we will examine the villainous behavior of the character from the play who is behind those manipulations.

Gender Roles in Othello

9. Gender Roles in Othello

Shakespeare's ''Othello'' is a tragic play about a man whose jealousy drives him to destroy what he loves most, and ultimately himself. In this lesson, we'll examine the significance of gender roles among the main characters in ''Othello.''

The Role of Women in Othello

10. The Role of Women in Othello

Considered one of Shakespeare's quintessential tragedies, ''Othello'' is a story about the destructive power of a man's jealous nature, but this play also features a few of Shakespeare's most intriguing female characters.

Imagery in Othello

11. Imagery in Othello

This lesson will explain a bit about imagery in literary works. It will specifically delve into Shakespeare's usage of the device in his play, Othello, identifying the purpose of imagery in some key examples.

Point of View in Othello

12. Point of View in Othello

Despite not having a narrator, Shakespeare's play ''Othello'' uses techniques that reveal an overarching perspective or point of view. Read this lesson to learn how to consider point of view in a play.

Personification in Othello

13. Personification in Othello

Personification is a literary technique that helps describe ideas. In ''Othello'' William Shakespeare uses personification to make the play more interesting and entertaining.

Foreshadowing in Othello

14. Foreshadowing in Othello

In 'Othello,' as in many of Shakespeare's tragedies, the tragic ending that is to come is hinted at throughout the play through the use of foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is especially evident in two speeches by Othello and Desdemona.

Figurative Language in Othello

15. Figurative Language in Othello

In Shakespeare's ''Othello'', characters use figurative language to evoke emotion and describe their actions, feelings, and intentions. This lesson explains how figurative language is used in some key scenes in the play.

Metaphors in Othello

16. Metaphors in Othello

This lesson identifies and analyzes five instances of metaphor in William Shakespeare's play, 'Othello.' In this play, characters primarily use metaphor for dramatic effect.

Similes in Othello

17. Similes in Othello

This lesson defines similes and their usage in literature. It then unpacks some key uses of simile in Shakespeare's Othello, explaining how each instance allows for deeper audience engagement and more compelling linguistic expression.

Allusions in Othello

18. Allusions in Othello

Shakespeare's Othello is a difficult text to understand for many reasons. The play contains frequent allusions, or references, that modern readers are not familiar with. This lesson will examine some of these common allusions.

Puns in Othello

19. Puns in Othello

Many people assume Shakespeare's plays must be classy because they are old and people say things like 'doth' and 'wast'. Not so. Shakespeare is full of jokes--many of them rude and crude. Let's take a look at some examples of puns from Othello.

Othello Vocabulary Words Flashcards

Othello Vocabulary Words Flashcards

This set of flashcards will highlight some of the main reasons William Shakespeare's play, 'Othello', is difficult to understand. Test your knowledge of why Shakespeare's writing can be difficult and definitions of challenging words used in the play.

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