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"Honest" Iago weaves a web of deceit and treachery that ensnares Othello, sending the proud general down a dark path. It can end no other way than in tragedy most profound.
Jealousy, rage, passion, betrayal—this work, one of Shakespeare’s four great “high tragedies,” has it all. Othello the Moor is a celebrated military hero and a foreigner to Venice, but his outsider status has not prevented him from marrying the lovely Desdemona. Meanwhile, Iago, who is Othello’s scheming second-in-command, plots to undo his master. Iago is no simple villain, and as he manipulates Othello and others, we are left guessing as to his true motivations, which are never fully clear. Iago concocts an intricate plan to convince Othello that his chaste wife is actually adulterous. Though Othello’s heroism is to be admired, he fails to recognize Iago’s treachery and becomes increasingly paranoid and suspicious. The web of lies, tricks, and passions finally ensnares Othello, who becomes convinced of Desdemona’s infidelity and confronts her in a fit of rage. As accusations fly and truths are revealed, the play ends in a horrific tragedy. One of the greatest tragedies of literature, Othello movingly explores the workings of the human psyche, the consequences of jealously and distrust, and the true nature of evil.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
DUKE OF VENICE.
BRABANTIO, a Senator.
GRATIANO, Brother to Brabantio.
LODOVICO, Kinsman to Brabantio.
OTHELLO, a noble Moor, in the service of Venice.
CASSIO, his Lieutenant.
IAGO, his Ancient.
RODERIGO, a Venetian Gentleman.
MONTANO, Othello's predecessor in ...
Reviewed by Hira on Aug 21, 2008
Othello was lucky to have such an honest and sincer wife,Desdemona.She left her father for a Moore but she got Death in return of her sincerity.
Desdemona is beautiful and charming charactrer.I would like to say one thing that one should trust his life partner and should not put ear to near and dear one's.This was the only mistake which Othello did and killed her wife who remained loyal to him till her death.
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