HomeDLSU Dialogue: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Cultural Studiesvol. 27 no. 2 (1994)

Othello and Desdemona: Children of the Lesser God

Jorshinelle T. Sonza

Discipline: Sexuality, Gender



Othello, considered Shakespeare's most perfect play, is about human imperfections. The motif of contraries that runs through the gamut of the play creates an activity of 'multiple signifying'. Othello tells of a love story that ends in a drama of death. It also represents the fascination of western powers with exotic small nations, an attraction that ends in a desire to dominate. A play that highlights passion, rage, jealousy and suicide also brings to the fore colonial greed, invasion, resistance and bloody change. In short, Othello as a love story is transformed once encoded in the colonialist discourse.