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

General vision and viewpoint

‘Tragic drama necessarily takes a bleak view of the human condition, and of the possibility of human happiness. It is therefore natural to expect Othello to reflect such an outlook. In some respects, however, the play is more painful and dismal in its effect than tragedies such as Hamlet or King Lear, where the tragic burden is relieved by sustained passages of comedy…’