William Shakespeare’s play, Othello, is a Modern English work produced during the English Renaissance, otherwise known as Elizabethan England. You will write a three to five page, thesis-driven researched literary analysis on Othello. You will carefully evaluate the themes, literary devices, historical context, or other elements of Shakespeare’s text. You will support your analysis with textual evidence drawn from the play as well as TWO (2) PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES which relate to Othello and/or the topic you’re exploring.

You may develop your own topic for your essay or choose from the sample prompts below.

Sample Prompt #1: Describe the nature of jealousy and how it impacts people in Othello.

Word Count: 1,000 – 1,500 words

Format: MLA

•12-point Times New Roman Font


•1” margin

•Works Cited page (Three works cited total, the play and two peer-reviewed journal articles)