Othello : William Shakespeare 's Othello

2542 Words Mar 5th, 2015 11 Pages
Jack Martin
Mrs. Siplivy
British Literature
3 March 2015
Othello
Introduction
Shakespeare is the second most quoted writer in the English language – after the various writers of the Bible. Many of Shakespeare’s ideas for the play Othello came from a collection of tales written by Giraldi Cinthio. In Othello the character of Iago acts as the prominent main character throughout the play, even though he plays the role of the antagonist to the other central characters in the comedy Iago is the tragic hero. Shakespeare’s Othello was not just a translation of Cinthio’s version from Italian to English, but a transformation of the drama, changing the dynamic of the play. Shakespeare’s use of metaphors, the tragic hero and the actuality of the story led to Othello becoming an infamous piece of writing during the Renaissance. William Shakespeare’s Othello is a classic piece of British Literature because of its use of literary devices, intriguing plot and historical.
Biography
William Shakespeare comes from a story of mysterious origins, however there are Church records and accounts that give us brief sketches on the life of Shakespeare, but these records do not tell us much on the man of Shakespeare himself. “By 1592, there is evidence William Shakespeare earned a living as an actor and a playwright in London and possibly had several plays produced(William).” After that date of 1592 it is considered to have been about twelve years until Shakespeare wrote his comedy Othello and…
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