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Transcript of Othello
Othello and Desdemona
Othello - Kanso Nabil
Such Sweet Thunder
Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
Othello is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare around 1603
The History of the Turks by Richard Knolles
Giovanni Battista Giraldi Cinzio
Othello was first performed by King's Men at the court of King James I
The play's performance history has been marked by racism
The play tells the story of a powerful general of the Venetian army, Othello, whose life and marriage are ruined by a conniving, deceitful, and envious soldier, Iago
"I am not what I am" - Iago (1.1.4)
The coexistence of military heroism and love
"Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on." (3.3)
"Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe." (1.1)
"What shall I do to win my lord again?" (4.2)
"But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor: And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets. He has done my office: I know not if't be true; but I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety." (1.3)
Sight and blindness
The song "Willow"
Sixteenth Century Venice (ACT I); Cyprus (ACT II - V)
Iago arranges for Cassio to lose his position as lieutenant
Othello kneels with Iago and vows not to change course until he has achieved bloody revenge.
Iago unsuccessfully attempts to kill Cassio, and Othello smothers Desdemona with a pillow; Emilia exposes Iago’s deceptions; Othello kills himself; Iago is taken away to be tortured.
Roderigo and Iago plot against Othello
Roderigo and Iago tell Brabanzio of his daughter Desdemona's marriage to Othello
The Senate and Duke side with Othello and permit the marriage to go on. Desdemona reaffirms her love for Othello.
Brabantio orders his men to arrest Othello. Othello agrees to go before the Duke and Senate
A storm at sea has scattered the Turkish fleet. Cassio, Desdemona, Iago, Emilia, and Othello arrive safely at Cypress.
Iago exploits Cassio’s fondness for drink, causing him to become quarrelsome. Cassio, provoked by Roderigo, engages in a duel and eventually loses his lieutenant position. Iago persuades Cassio to seek Desdemona for assistance.
Roderigo wounds Cassio.
Iago backstabs Roderigo and pretends to save Cassio, taking him to Bianca's.
Othello stands by contently, believing Cassio is dead.
Othello comes home and confronts Desdemona about Cassio.
Desdemona attempts to convince him of her innocence, but Othello suffocates her.
Emilia comes into the room and reveals that Iago was behind the scheme.
Iago, Cassio, Lodovico, and other officers come into the room startled.
Iago stabs Emilia and is sentenced to death.
Othello pleads the people not to remember him as a bad person, but one who loved too much and was prone to jealousy, before killing himself.
Cassio takes over Cyprus.
Iago further pushes the idea of Desdemona's infidelity.
Othello watches by as Cassio and Iago talk about Bianca, believing, as Iago planned, that they speak of Desdemona.
Othello decides to kill Desdemona and Iago offers to kill Cassio.
Lodovico arrives from Venice ordering Othello to return and Cassio to take his place.
Desdemona's naive praises of Cassio enrage Othello.
Everyone notices the change in his temper, including Iago who feigns it.
In their bedchamber, Othello calls Desdemona a strumpet but does not reveal why.
Iago orders Roderigo to assault Cassio.
Desdemona states that she will stick by Othello's side.
Colors of Othello
The historical context and critical analysis of themes, plot, and inspired works