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Transcript of Othelle
Othello begins on a street in Venice, in the midst of an argument between Roderigo, a rich man, and Iago. Roderigo has been paying Iago to help him in his suit to Desdemona. But Roderigo has just learned that Desdemona has married Othello, a general whom Iago begrudgingly serves as ensign.
Appearance vs reality
1."The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief."
2."Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners."
3."O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on."
4."I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at."
Characters & their relationships
Othello - The play’s protagonist and hero.
Desdemona - The daughter of the Venetian senator Brabanzio.
Iago - Othello’s ensign, and the villain of the play.
Michael Cassio - Othello’s lieutenant.
Emilia - Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant.
Roderigo - A jealous suitor of Desdemona.
Background on play, historical context and setting
Othello was written in 1603.
17th century London.
William Shakespeare is considered one of the greatest writers ever, especially for writing the play Othello.
By: Dallas Justice
Connection from the play till today
In all his plays, Shakespeare uses themes which are as relevant in the twenty first century as they were in Shakespeare's day. Othello's themes are related to the complexity of love, betrayal and jealousy and Othello commits the ultimate crime of passion. Such themes have persisted throughout time and across the globe.