Application and Deviation of Aristotelian Principles in the Tragic Play Othello by William Shakespeare.


  • Anwesha Ghosh


Aristotle’s most acclaimed and valued work in the field of literary criticism Poetics can be read as a response to Plato’s attack on art. None of the works of Aristotle, that is available in recent times has been published by him and there is a high probability that most of them are lost and the Poetics in its true form is much likely to be longer than what is accessible currently. Aristotle’s main focus in Poetics is on Greek tragedy and he divides it into six parts in descending ranks, namely 1) Plot or mythos 2) Character 3) Thought 4) Diction 5) Melody and 6) Spectacle. Poetics exercised a considerable influence on subsequent literary theory, especially the Renaissance. This paper aims to study the application of Aristotelean principles as well as deviations in the play Othello, written by William Shakespeare, an eminent playwright during the Renaissance period.