During the play we find out that the character, Othello, is a Christian. However

During the play we find out that the character, Othello, is a Christian. However

During the play we find out that the character, Othello, is a Christian. However, allusions are made to the fact that he is a convert to the religion. Your essay should focus on the themes of faith and doubt in the play Othello and how they impact the title character. Your essay should give some historical background about religion during Shakespeare’s time. What religions could be found in England and Europe? How did attitudes toward different religions vary? What evidence do we have for Shakespeare’s religious practices or attitudes? Why might people have viewed other religions with suspicion? Once you have established historical context you should move into a more specific analysis of religion in the play Othello. What examples of religious symbolism can be found in the text? What do they reveal about the characters? What do we know, specifically, about Othello’s religious practices, beliefs, and history with religion? How does religion impact Othello as a character? Does it play a role in his downfall? How is religion used to other Othello? *Your essay does not have to answer all of these questions specifically, but they should help you to consider various approaches which will aid you in developing this composition.

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