Thursday, July 26, Othello by William Shakespeare While Macbeth or Hamlet may be the usual high-school-Shakespeare fare and for good reason, of course I'd prefer to focus on some of the less-discussed plays this week.
The play begins with a jealous complaint, as Roderigo, a rich Venetian gentleman laments Othello william shakespeare his friend Iago about the secret marriage of Othello and Desdemona. He believes he has been unfairly overlooked for promotion as Othello gave the young Michael Cassio a title above him.
In Venice, word has it that the Turkish plan to attack Cyprus. His spite remains, and he accuses Othello of seducing his daughter with witchcraft.
Before the Duke of Venice, Othello defends his marriage to Desdemona, explaining that she fell in love with him when he told her the sad stories of his youth. Though the Duke and senate are satisfied after hearing Desdemona also proclaim her love for Othello, her father is dismayed. He tells Othello that she has deceived her father and will deceive him as well.
Good news meets the band of travelers as they arrive in Cyprus to find that a storm has obliterated the entire Turkish fleet. Othello orders a celebration for all and leaves to spend time with his new wife. Iago, looking for trouble, intoxicates Cassio and encourages a fight between Roderigo and he.
When Othello blames Cassio for the noise and strips him of his rank, Cassio is horrified. Iago suggests asking Desdemona to persuade her husband to reinstate his rank. Iago plays all his cards, and persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are not to be trusted.
Iago shrugs off that responsibility to a still angry and misguided Roderigo. As a scuffle ensues in the street, Iago first injures Cassio then kills Roderigo to stop him from reporting his plot. Emilia realizes the handkerchief was alleged proof, and exposes her husband, who then murders her.
Othello realizes he has killed his love in vain, and stabs, but does not kill Iago, preferring that Iago live the rest of his life in pain.THE LIFE AND WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE v Othello ashio-midori.com 1/14/05 AM Page v.
The last play Shakespeare wrote on his own was The Famous History of the Life of Henry the Eighth, which was performed in London in Later that same year, he col-laborated with John Fletcher on the romance The Two.
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Othello, in full Othello, the Moor of Venice, tragedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, written in –04 and published in in a quarto edition from a transcript of an authorial manuscript.
Shakespeare homepage | Othello | Entire play ACT I SCENE I. Venice. A street. Enter RODERIGO and IAGO RODERIGO Enter BRABANTIO, OTHELLO, IAGO, RODERIGO, and Officers.
DUKE OF VENICE Valiant Othello, we must straight employ you Against the general enemy Ottoman. To . Surviving documents that give us glimpses into the life of William Shakespeare show us a playwright, poet, and actor who grew up in the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, spent his professional life in London, and returned to Stratford a wealthy landowner.
He was born in April , died in April /5().
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