Plot and Character Analysis of Shakespeare's Othello Essay

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Othello is one of Shakespeare's classics, this play has many oddities and puzzles. It roots into love, deception and jealousy. Also it clearly questions the debate of; can different cultures inter-wind without colliding? in addition, Othello has vivid racism, sexism, manipulation and savagery within civilisation. This play is set in Venice, Italy but due to circumstances all of the characters move to Cyprus.

Othello is written between 1601-1604, the level of intensity and drama obviously indicated that he devoted a lot of time and effort into this play. The likely hood of him writing Othello in London is very high. He moved to London in 1587 and quickly got recognised by the higher society of London. People whose only form of
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Later he accepted the fact that she was married to Othello. Rodrigo is another main character, very naive; he is madly in love with Desdemona and will not rest until she is married to him and not Othello. Iago a conniving, villainous character who manipulates not just Rodrigo, but also Othello and his own wife Amelia. Cassio is Othello's lieutenant, the position that was promised to Iago. This is Iago's apparent motive to cause all the chaos and drama, including ruining Othello and Desdemona's marriage. He does this buy finding the handkerchief that Othello gives Desdemona early on in there relationship as a token of love. Iago begs his wife to steal the handkerchief chief and frame Cassio; by doing this he is also keeping the promise to Rodrigo and seems very 'honest' by doing what he had promised earlier in the play. Othello falls for the organized act and tries to kill Desdemona by muffling her. Soon after he realises she didn't commit adultery on him and commits suicide.

The man character, Othello is often referred to a 'moor his black complexion. The definition of a moor is generally a North-African of Muslim faith. The Venetian, and European people feared what they do not know; this is common within humanity. Connotations of 'black' are generally bad such as: dark, evil, mysterious. This is what European's connected with black people, barbaric and suspicious.
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