Epilepsy In Othello
Fatal Mind: A Man, His Epilepsy, and His Downfall
In William Shakespeare’s Othello, it is jealousy that conquers all, while love is cast down an unfathomable abyss. Over the course of few days, once honourable Othello is broken down by trickster Iago with his wiles and Othello’s mind is overrun with anger and envy. But how could a principled man such as Othello decide to kill his beloved wife in such a short amount of time? If it is assumed that Othello is afflicted by Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE), then readers can gain a better understanding of Othello’s personality, behaviour, and emotional state throughout the play.
Temporal Lobe Epilepsy plays a role in personality. There are specific traits associated with individuals who possess TLE,…