Appearance and Reality in Shakespeare's "Othello "As long ago as 1908, noted Shakespeare scholar A.C. Bradley wrote that “the action and catastrophe of Othello depend largely on intrigue” (Bradley 179.) Many of Shakespeare's plays, and especially his tragedies, depend on intrigue or deception at some level to advance their plots. Bradley is here making the point that in Othello there is more significance given to the workings of intrigue than to the playing out of character, which is more frequently seen in the other tragedies. However, Bradley writes further that he is not willing to go so far as to call the play a “tragedy of intrigue” rather than a tragedy of character, seeing that Shakespeare's works most always depend on both elements...The end:
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