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William Shakespeare

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othello-william-shakespeare_TESTIago, Act III, Scene IIIbeware, my lord, of jealousy!It is the green-eyed monster which doth mockThe meat it feeds on.SymbolsWILLIAM SHAKESPEARE1564–1616Unlike most of Shakespeares plays, Othello features a main character from North Africa—often portrayed by a black actor. Critics argue over the political, social, and racial meanings of the play; in Shakespeares day Moors like Othello were sometimes considered exotic, and some people worried they would force their religious beliefs on others. But the play can be understood in other ways as well.HonorAs characters interact, honor becomes a reason for death as well as a way of exploiting weakness.ThemesLoveLove is both wonderful and dangerous, as shown in charactersblindness to Iagos treachery. HandkerchiefSymbolizes Othellos love for and trust in Desdemona The Color GreenTo Iago, symbolizes the mind and envy Willow TreeEmbodies Desdemonas sadness that she and Othello have grown distantOthelloby the NumbersYear a “photonegativeversion of Othello was staged, with an all-black cast with the exception of Patrick Stewart as OthelloCharacters who die in Othello: Roderigo, Desdemona, Othello, and EmiliaPoem the play is based on, Un Capitano Moro, published in 1604Oscar nominations for the 1965 film adaptation starring Laurence Olivier4141997CassioOthellos honorable but easily coerced lieutenantEmiliaIagos dutiful wife; can’t see Iagos wickedness OthelloHeroic and honorable soldier; kills himself DesdemonaOthellos young, loyal, determined brideIagoOthellos intelligent, manipulative adviser Desperately loves Desdemona; easily manipulatedRoderigoAuthorRomanceBetraysMarriedMurdersSet in Venice and on the island of Cyprus in the mid-1500s, Othello is the tragic story of a hero betrayed by his own adviser. Mistrust and jealousy abound as the villainous adviser, Iago, falsely accuses Othellos wife, Desdemona, of infidelity. Even Othello himself is not immune to the deadly combination of Iagos lies and his own flaws.Be Careful Whom You TrustMAIN CHARACTERSSources: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elitCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Sources: British Council, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Globe Guide to Shakespeare by Andrew Dickson, The Guardian, IMDb, Shakespearean Criticism edited by Michelle Lee, Shakespeare Online, TelegraphCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.TragedyWilliam Shakespeare160304EnglishPlayAuthorYears WrittenOriginal LanguageOthelloBetrayalIago is highly trusted, allowing him to manipulate others easily.

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