The Othello Syndrome
Pp. 78-82 (5)
William James Maloney
The dramatic works of William Shakespeare have left readers and audience
members spellbound for centuries. Shakespeare explores many topics of the human
experience in a manner which can, at times, be all too realistic as he starkly
demonstrates the many aspects of the dark side of human nature. In the play, ʻThe
Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Veniceʼ, Shakespeare explores the effects of morbid
The actions of the fictional character, Othello, has inspired modern psychological
experts to refer to morbid jealousy as ʻThe Othello Syndrome’.
Desdemona, economic stresses, extramarital sex, Iago, insecurity,
morbid jealousy, murder, Othello Syndrome, Othello, playwright, psychiatric,
Roderigo, sexual dysfunction, unfaithfulness.
New York University College of Dentistry 345 First Avenue New York NY 10010 USA.