Aditi Banerjee

Assistant Teacher, English

Shason Union High School (H.S)

Residential Address: Matriniketan, North Station Road

Agarpara, Kolkata-700109, West Bengal



Going through Shakespeare’s tragedies is like exploring the ocean with lots of precious stones. His tragedies are such gems.  Among his main five tragedies, – Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra – Othello is the tragedy that deals with the theme of love with its abysmal complexities. Othello is created such magnanimously that his love-story with such tragic end touches the cord of our heart. It reverberates within our mind why such a genuine love story ends in such a way.  The canonical views are the tragedy occurs due to Iago’s intrigue or Othello’s lack of judgement or jealousy or Desdemona’s over simplicity or purity. But in this study I want to highlight the excessive love of both Othello and Desdemona that brings their tragedy.

Keywords: Love, tragedy, jealousy, purity, black and white.

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