Introduction to ShakespearePaper Rating: Word Count: 1957 Approx Pages: 8
Out of the four of Shakespeare's great tragedies, Othello remains the most powerful and forceful not only on the stage but also for study as a critical text. This power is created by the speed and pace set, as compared to the other plays. Instead of a time frame of a few months, the tragedy of Othello is over in a matter of a few nights. This analysis of the text shows different readings. These readings may not have been prominent and recognised amongst society of the time but these aspects of the reading are seen. Throughout most of Shakespeare's plays, analysis using many different views could be applied. It is the various analytical applicability of Shakespeare's work that makes Shakespeare's writing extraordinary. Two different critical angles of interpretation will be explored. A Marxist reading will be used to interpret this play, as well as a Race reading. These readings deal with the theory and ideas behind these readings, their applicability and evidence within the text.
Marxism is a socialist concept thought out and laid out as a plan by Karl Marx. Marxist criticism can be approached two ways. The reaction to the oppression of the ruling class and their power over l