The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

William Shakespeare's play "The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice," considered one of his four great tragedies. Othello is a black general who is manipulated by his jealous ensign Iago, ultimately driving the noble Moor insane.

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Was Othello Real?

No, Othello is a fictional character. Shakespeare simply wrote the play to entertain, and entertain it did. It deals with love, hate, jealousy, racism, authority, headship, murder, deceit etc.

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Why does Iago speak to Cassio about Bianca?

He knows Othello is looking on and thinks that they are talking about Desdemona. The kinds of things Cassio is likely to say about Bianca drive Othello wild when they appear to be about Desdemona.

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How do you pronounce Othello?

O-thell-o

The first syllable rhymes with pot, the second rhymes with hell and the last rhymes with go.

The is the usual anglicized pronunciation.

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Who is courtesan in Othello?

Bianca

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Why did duke send for Othello?

One of the senators pointed out that the Turks are more likely to want Cyprus, the Duke then decides that the Turks will attack Cyprus and that any move toward Rhodes is a trick so he sends for Othello to go to Cyprus, to defend it and become the new governor.

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Who dies in the end of Othello?

Othello, Desdemona, Roderigo and Emilia.

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How are Julius Caesar and Othello alike?

They are both proud men, leaders, noble, and trusting.

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How was Desdemona faithful to Othello to the end?

With her dying breath she attempts to deny that Othello killed her, in the hope that he may not have to suffer the punishment for killing her.

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Where does the play Othello take place?

It starts in Venice and moves on to Cyprus.

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How was Desdemona faithful to Othello till the end?

Even after he had mortally wounded her by strangling her, with her last breath she tried to say that it wasn't Othello who had killed her, so as to save Othello from being prosecuted for her murder.

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What characters are like Iago in Othello?

Mark Fuhrman

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How does Brabantio feel about Othello in Shakespeare's play 'Othello'?

Brabantio disapproves of Othello and the relationship he has with Brabantio's daughter Desdemona. This is not because Othello is not worthy of Desdemona because he is a much respected officer, but because he is a Moor (in that time an African) and therefore considered beneath the Italian people.

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Is jealousy really a green-eyed monster in Shakespeare's Othello?

Do you mean to ask if there's literally a green-eyed monster in Othello? If that's what you're asking, then no.

The "green-eyed monster" refers to the popular saying which says a persons eyes "turn green" when filled with the feeling of jealousy. One of the main themes in Othello is jealousy, along with deceit and betrayal. There is no physical green-eyed monster in Othello.

I don't know what you where expecting but the answer is simply an emotion, jealousy used in the term as " i see the green eyed monster" green being a negative colour to other people

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What is the climax of Othello?

The climax of Othello is when Othello goes into Desdemona's room to kill her.

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Is justice served at the end of the play Othello?

Partly. Cassio is justly restored to favour after being entrapped into a crime. Iago will be punished. These things are just and fair.

But Desdemona is dead, who was absolutely innocent. Emilia, who unwittingly helped Iago but redeemed herself by revealing what she knew, died for courageously doing so. And Othello, who is as much a victim as they are, is dead also. The unfairness of these deaths cannot be made right by punishing Iago. Nothing can bring them back to life.

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A quick version of the story of Othello?

Oversimplifying greatly ... Othello is a dark-skinned African Muslim (a "Moor") who is a high-ranking and hot-tempered general in the army of Venice, Italy. Cassio is Othello's trusted lieutenant. Desdemona is Othello's girlfriend, whom he marries early in the story. Iago (ee-ah-go) is a deviously sly soldier in Othello's army; he is jealous and bitter and wants to destroy Othello, because Othello has chosen Cassio to be his lieutenant instead of choosing Iago. Roderigo is another soldier who Iago easily manipulates to do his bidding. Everyone else in the story takes part in action that revolves around these 5 main characters. Iago tries to get Desdemona's father and the Duke of Venice to believe that Othello engaged in sorcery and kidnapping to get Desdemona to marry him, but that doesn't work. Fortunately for Iago, Othello doesn't realize that Iago is out to get him. Iago gets Cassio drunk, gets Roderigo to pick a fight with Cassio, and then convinces Othello that Cassio started the fight. Othello strips Cassio of his rank. Iago convinces Cassio that Othello's wife Desdemona can help convince Othello to give Cassio his rank back. Iago helps Cassio arrange a secret meeting with Desdemona. Then Iago convinces Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having a love affair behind his back. Iago convinces Roderigo to kill Cassio, but Cassio is only wounded. Iago kills Roderigo so he can't tell anyone that Iago put him up to the murder attempt. In a fit of jealous rage, Othello smothers Desdemona who he believes has been having sex with Cassio. Cassio, Iago and others arrive at the scene of Desdemona's murder. Othello repents of his fit of temper that has caused him to kill his beloved wife. Desdemona's maid reveals that Iago made her set up false evidence that led Othello to his tragic incorrect conclusion. Iago kills the maid. Othello stabs Iago but only wounds him. Othello begs Cassio to forgive him for his unfounded jealousy, which he does. OMG, the dead Roderigo has left a letter fully incriminating the villainous Iago, who is led away to what we assume is torture and a gruesome death. Othello, crushed by having allowed Iago to lead him to ruin, gives a final speech and commits suicide with his dagger. Everyone comes back to life and bows to the audience, who are weeping and applauding.

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The villain in Othello is?

Iago. or you could say the villain is society.

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Who are the venetians in Othello?

They are people from Venice, a city in Italy built in a swamp at the north end of the Adriatic Sea. Everyone in Othello except Othello and Cassio is a Venetian.

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Which characters in Othello make an issue of Othellos race?

Iago, Brabantio and Roderigo. Nobody else seems to care. And probably Brabantio is the most intolerant--he will have Othello over to supper but he wouldn't want him to marry his daughter. Roderigo wouldn't care except that they are rivals for Desdemona and Roderigo will throw any dirt that might possibly stick at Othello. Iago's position is mysterious, but whatever his motive for disliking Othello (and who knows, race might be a part of that), he is sure prepared to make an issue of Othello's race around the racist Brabantio.

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Who is Othello and why is he respected by the duke?

Othello is a famous soldier. He is respected by the Duke not only because of his usefulness to the state but also by his general dignity, self-respect and good character.

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What were the rules of courtship in Othello?

Commonly, parents and friends were the matchmakers.

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Who is Desdemona's father?

Brabantio(a senator)

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Why does roderigo hate Othello?

roderigo is jealous of othello's marriage to desdemona

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Is justice served at the end of Othello?

Technically, yes. Iago is taken to be tortured and imprisoned.

But is justice really served? I don't think Shakespeare, the audience, or the characters would say so. After all of the tragedy and turmoil Iago causes, there is little that can be done to rectify the situation.

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Why is the play Othello a tragedy?

The play Othello is a tragedy because both main and minor characters die in the end. Othello kills his innocent wife Desdemona and then he commits suicide. Iago kills Emilia. But fortunately Cassio is still well and alive. He is then proclaimed governor of Cyprus.

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