Othello is a major Shakespearean text, studied widely and often adapted for film and TV and is especially challenging for a multicultural society. Othello lends itself to criticism through discussion of the major characters although this study also focuses on recent criticism's analysis of the characters as "signifiers". The study of the key characters takes the discussion of the text immediately into the central issues of "otherness", gender, race and power.
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Potter's study is that of a well-read author who opens our eyes to new aspects of the characters of the play. The Year's Work in English Studiesl, vol 89, No. 1