Othello, Shakespeare, Monstrosity, Moral Proximity
In Othello, Shakespeare explores the idea of monstrosity through his titular character. This paper argues that Othello exemplifies the idea that monstrosity is not an inherent evil, but rather that it is a problem of Moral Proximity. The Problem of Moral Proximity, as it is explained in the paper, is the idea that good and evil are the moderation of or corruption of neutral traits. This paper not only argues that monstrosity is one of these neutral qualities, but also explores how Iago corrupts this monstrosity to bring about Othello's downfall.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Ward, Kyle, "Monstrosity as a Problem of Moral Proximity in Shakespeare’s Othello" (2018). Student Publications. 252.
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