William Shakespeare's Othello


Brought to you by The Educational Company of Ireland
With annotations, analysis and commentary by Patrick Murray
Podcasts read by actors Simon Coury and Niamh Daly


Othello is a tragedy. In tragedies we see the random interaction of external forces (such as fate, chance or accident) and human weakness (such as vice, lack of awareness or stupidity). The result threatens the well-being of the individual and of society.

The tragic aspect of Othello arises from what happens within Othello as the events unfold. It is the development of Othello’s understanding of himself and his plight, and his sharing of this with the audience, that lifts the play to a higher plane...’