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09 Oct 2017
Othello

 

 

Title: Othello

Author: William Shakespeare

Year it was published in 1622

Main characters: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Roderigo, Cassio

Main themes: racial prejudice, manipulation, and jealousy

Why it is relevant to us as South African youth : because the themes that are in Othello are still relevant today in South Africa especially racial prejudice, jealousy and manipulation is also still very present in today’s youth and it's very important to learn more about these themes to better learn from it and prevent it in our own lives. 

 

Act 1

  • Iago hates Othello
  • Iago plots against Othello
  • Othello woos Desdemona
  • Othello is sent to Cyprus

 

Act 2

  • Iago manipulates Roderigo
  • Cassio gets fired

 

Act 3

  • Othello becomes suspicious
  • Iago takes the handkerchief

Act 4

  • Iago fools Othello
  • Othello doubts Desdemona
  • Othello questions Emilia
  • Othello believes Desdemona is unfaithful

 

Act 5

  • Cassio stabs Roderigo
  • Iago kills Roderigo
  • Othello accuses Desdemona
  • Othello kills Desdemona
  • Othello kills himself
  • Iago remains alive

 

Summary

So basically Othello revolves around Iago’s hatred for Othello after losing a promotion to Cassio and how far he is prepared to go in order to get what he wants.

Throughout the events of the play, Iago plots and schemes against Othello by corrupting his mind against his love Desdemona who he gets lead to believe is unfaithful

Iago doesn’t just manipulate Othello he also manipulates Roderigo, the man that paid him to get Othello’s wife Desdemona to love him.

In the end, Othello kills his wife because he believes she cheated, Roderigo gets killed by Iago and after finding out that Desdemona was innocent Othello takes his own life while Iago is taken away to be tortured.


 
 
 

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