Why is Othello so addictive as you read it?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one reason why the drama is so appealing is because it is representative of both the most introspective elements of the human predicament as well as some of the foundational elements of the modern soap opera.  Perhaps, this is why the play is so great in that it takes elements of both.  The idea of Othello's devolving psychological condition and to what level it will bottom out is something that is appealing.  At the same time, I think that the same suspicions, paranoia, self- doubt, and insecurity define both the basic composition of human beings and the same elements that become almost salacious in a soap opera manner.  The same elements that help to define the play as an example of "L"iterature are the same ones that are present in the commercialized elements of the modern soap opera.  It might be here where the play proves to be so appealing and so "addictive," as the question states.  Soap operas are addictive because we, as voyeurs, wonder about where the bottom is in these particular characters.  In this, the play proves to be both readable as well as insightful.

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