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Mullon
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08:44:35 PM Nov 6th 2013
So what's Othello about?
rimpala
12:50:05 PM Feb 28th 2014
Apparently it's all about race relations between Shakespeare's time and today.
johnnye
04:57:09 PM Feb 28th 2014
Only superficially. Othello's race just makes it a bit easier for Iago to slander him, it's not really a theme of the story.

It's more about jealousy, reputation, and misplaced trust.
Trotzky
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02:58:26 PM Sep 1st 2011
"Breaking the Fourth Wall: The 1995 film production had Iago look at the camera at several points; some say this adds the idea that he was in control of everything, while it is technically described as a soliloquy in which the audience can more clearly understand Iago's scheme."

Not sure this counts. Shakespeare's soliloquy is the trope where Character tell the Audience his plan and the other Characters cannot hear him.
johnnye
04:54:29 PM Feb 28th 2014
So how is that not Breaking the Fourth Wall?
thekashif
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10:41:24 AM Aug 27th 2011
can i add idiot plot as a trope? Yeah i hate this play, it runs on the fact that othello is a trusting idiot and that noone suspects Iago
johnnye
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05:22:56 PM Aug 19th 2010

  • It's worth considering that Othello rightly judges everyone he meets except Iago. If you take Iago's line "I am not what I am" literally, then this means that Othello can't look past Iago's surface because the surface is all that there is. Observe how he instantly sizes up every single other character in the play.

...except Desdemona, who's entirely innocent, and Cassio, who's exactly the faithful right hand man he believes Iago to be. In other words, he totally misjudges all three other main characters, without which Iago's scheme would have gone nowhere.
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