Othello Essay

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Othello is a distinct and extremely debated tragic play of Shakespeare’s. Beginning even with his selection of characters, his decision to make a black man a tragic hero, at this time this was bold and original, by accent tradition blackness was associated with sin and death. Any play that preceded Othello at this time, the black character’s were generally villainous. The main characters of this tragic story are a Moor of Venice (Othello), his Venetian wife (Desdemona. Shakespeare also invented several other characters, including Rogerigo, a young disappointed suitor of Desdemona, and Brabanzio, Desdemona’s father, who greatly opposes her marriage to Othello this second layer of people around Othello ad’s to the complexity of
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As Othello leaves, Brabantio warns him to watch his wife because she deceived her father, and so may deceive her husband as well. Iago laughs at this, saying that Desdemona and the Moor will soon be tired of one another, and tells Roderigo to follow them to Cyprus, and to bring with him a large amount of money. He reminds Roderigo that he hates Othello, and promises to help him seduce Desdemona in Cyprus.

When the other man leaves Iago delivers his first speech, in which he says that he plans to use Roderigo for his money. As they arrive on shore before Othello, Iago watch’s every move Desdemona makes thinking of how he will use it to inspire Othello\\\\\\'s jealousy and steal Cassio\\\\\\'s rank. Iago tells Roderigo that Desdemona is in love with Cassio, and advises him to induce the hot-tempered lieutenant into a duel. Roderigo agrees, as Iago discusses his own jealousy and fear that both Othello and Cassio have slept with Emilia. After the war was won through the city everyone celebrated the destruction of the Turks and the consummation of Othello\\\\\\'s marriage. While celebrating Cassio, Montano, and Iago are drinking and become drunk. Shortly after, Roderigo runs past them with Cassio chasing him. When Montano tries to intervene, Cassio stabs him. The alarm bells ring, and Othello comes out to see what the matter is, Iago reluctantly states what has happened.
Othello strips Cassio of his rank.

The next day Cassio meets Desdemona in the garden, and she tells him

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