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Othello

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Transcript of Othello

William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564.
He was an English poet, playwright, and actor.
By 1597, 15 of the 37 plays written by William Shakespeare were published.
He later retired and passed away on his birthday, April 23, 1616.
The Author: Shakespeare
Globe Theatre:
Where the Plays Came to Life.
Facts
Only men were allowed on the stage because it was a violent place for women to be. Men had to dress up as the women and wear a ton of make-up.
The Globe Theatre can hold thousands of people.
It had no roof for sunlight to shine through, so plays had to be during the day.
No washrooms were built inside the theatre.
Also used for gambling and as a market.
Summary: So What is Othello About?
Shakespeare Also Wrote:
Comedies:
"Much Ado About Nothing"
Histories:
"Henry 5th"
Tragedies:
"Romeo and Juliet"
The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
The standing Floor
It is for people who were too poor.
The plays usually lasted 3-5 hours and they stood there to watch.
Second Floor
For middle class people.
Seats wrapped around both sides of the stage.
Third Floor
For upper class people.
They could get padded seats for extra money.
The original Globe Theatre, which was built in 1599 by the playing company to which Shakespeare belonged, was destroyed by fire on June 29, 1613.
The Globe Theatre which was reconstructed by June 1614, closed down in 1642.
A modern reconstruction of the original Globe theatre opened in 1997.
This play is about a moor named Othello who is a general of an army.
He is considered different and an "outsider" because of the color of his skin.
He falls in love with a white girl named Desdemona, which people dislike.
Throughout the play, their love is put to the test by the people who are part of their life.
Iago, who works under Othello in the army hates him and does his best to secretly separate Othello and Desdemona.
Will their
love
prevail?
Where does it all take place?
Venice:
By the 18th century, there were over 200 churches in Venice.
Venice has over 450 palaces (palazzi) and important buildings built in a mixture of styles; Gothic, Byzantine, and Baroque.
Venice is made up of 118 islands, 416 bridges, 177 canals, 127 squares (campi).
Cyprus:
Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus.
Mouflon (a type of sheep) is the national animal that represents this country.
Fact:
"Othello" is considered a tragedy.
Main Characters
Othello
The "Moor".
A well-respected General in the Venetian army.
Seen as outsider but could be accepted by Christians.
Desdemona
Othello's wife.
Beautiful lady of Venice.
Senator's daughter.
Iago
Appears to be everyone's friend.
Appears to be honest and reliable.
The truth is, he is actually a villain.
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