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Philip and Weller hugging

Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.



Laurence Fishburne as Othello
Irène Jacob as Desdemona
1995 film

Graham Abbey as Iago
Dion Johnstone as Othello
Stratford Festival, 2013

Eamonn Walker as Othello
Zoe Tapper as Desdemona
Globe on Screen, 2007

Act 1, Scene 1
For those who just want to start reading, here's the place to start. The notes are conveniently placed in the right-hand margin.

Scene Index:
Links to scenes, with a brief summary of each scene.

Search the text of Othello for any word or phrase in the text or marginal notes.

Notable Quotes:
Famous quotes in Othello explained, and linked to the text, so that you can see them in context.

Scene Summaries:
Links to detailed scene summaries. Each has many links to the text.

Major Characters:
Annotated links to passages that illustrate aspects of the characters of Othello, Desdemona, and Iago.

Minor Characters:
Annotated links to all appearances of a character and all mentions of that character by other characters.

Themes and Motifs:
Annotated links to passages particularly relevant to significant themes and motifs.
Cinthio's Tale:
The Source of Shakespeare's Othello.

A Note on "The Motive-Hunting of Motiveless Malignity":
Coleridge's famous comment explained.