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Michael Fribus

on 12 February 2013

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Transcript of Othello

Themes: Definition of „Moor“
Act 1
Act 2+3
Act 4+5

Sources The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice - Michael Fribus Definition “A member of a Muslim people of mixed Berber and Arab descent, now living chiefly in northwest Africa.”
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Moor novel: dark-skinned people of the term 'Moor' Character overview Othello, the Moor Desdemona Iago Brabanzio Michael Cassio Emilia Rodrigo The Duke Othello, the Moor Desdemona Michael Cassio Iago Brabantio Rodrigo Emilia The Duke general of the armies of Venice, protagonist Othello' s wife Othello' s ensign, antagonist Bianca prostitute, in love with Cassio rich anf foolish gentleman, loves Desdemona Desdemona' s father, Venetian senator Bianca inexperienced soldier, promoted by Othello official authority in Venice Iago' s wife Act 1 Venice: Othello marries Desdemona secretly, Brabanzio does not know anything about it Iago to Rodrigo: Cassio' s promotion (Lieutenant) revenge on Othello act 1, scene 1 Rodrigo informs Brabantio: marriage Brabantio opposes the marriage (Othello' s race) and confronts Othello: witchcraft? Othello and Desdemona to the Duke and Brabantio: love each other, despite of their differences →

Duke permits their relationship (act 1, scene 3) Act 2 and 3 Cyprus: Othello has to prevent an Osmanian invasion Iago manipulates Cassio (makes him drunk) and draws him into a street fight with Rodrigo Desdemona, Iago, Emilia and Cassio accompany him Othello is angry at Cassio mistrusts him (act 2, scene3) Iago' s intrigue: encourages Cassio to ask Desdemona to arbitrage the argument between him and Othello makes Othello start to believe that his wife is unfaithful Emilia finds Desdemona' s lost handkerchief Iago plants the handkerchief into Cassio' s room (act 3, scene 3) Bianca finds the item and uses it in front of Othello... jealousy (act 3, scene 3) Act 4 and 5 ...Othello: Desdemona betrays me!!! (act 4, scene 1) asks Iago for help: kill Cassio and Desdemona Iago appeals Rodrigo to kill Cassio when Cassio identifies Rodrigo, Iago kills him before he starts confessing (act 5, scene 1) fight: Cassio and Rodrigo wound each other Othello smothers his wife to death (act 5, scene 2) → justifies his act: handkerchief Emilia realizes the misdeed of Iago and explains Othello that Iago tricked him Othello commits suicide... ...Iago kills Emilia, tries to flee arrested and punished by Cassio - the new governor Sources: http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/othello/section1.rhtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Othello kills kills kills seeks help tries to help solves Iago' s plan confidence, later mistrust fightings R. tries to kill C. Intrigue manipulation coorperation loves her as father legalizes marriage gives orders trusts mistrusts him, but: accepts his marriage suicide 1884:
poster Robert Cuccioli and Lindsay Smiling
as Iago and Othello Othello and Desdemona painting by Théodore Chassériau 1850 plot and characters
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