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Shakespeare uses a black character in this play because the audience of that time would automatically be prejudiced against Othello. Then in the first scene of the first act we hear more negative comments concerning Othello so that by the time we meet him

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Introduction

Othello Othello is one of Shakespeare's tragedies. It is basically a play about jealousy, love, and a lack of trust. There are about five main characters in the book and the interesting thing is that it contains a black character which would have been very unusual in Elizabethan times. Shakespeare uses a black character in this play because the audience of that time would automatically be prejudiced against Othello. Then in the first scene of the first act we hear more negative comments concerning Othello so that by the time we meet him we view him in a poisoned mould, expecting him to be worse than he is. When we finally meet him we find him to be held high in the opinions of many senators including the Duke of Venice who entrusts him with leadership of the defence of Cyprus. Othello is then told that Desdemona, his wife, may come to Cyprus with him but must travel in a separate ship with Iago, Othello's servant. ...read more.

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When Montano sees this he tries to break up the fight but is injured in his attempt. This leaves Iago free to tell Othello his own version of the events. This leads to Cassio's eventual dismissal. Iago then encourages Cassio to ask Desdemona for help in making her husband change his mind about the dismissal. Iago uses Cassio's pleadings as false evidence to Othello of Desdemona's secret love for Cassio. Cassio tries to see Desdemona so that he can determine how much progress she has made with Othello as far as his dismissal is concerned. Emilia, Desdemona's lady in waiting, tells Cassio that his problems may soon be solved as Desdemona has already begun to intercede for him. Desdemona tells Cassio that she is doing everything she can to persuade her husband to reinstate him. After Cassio leaves, Othello arrives with Iago and Desdemona pleads with Othello on behalf of Cassio. He agrees to her request. ...read more.

Conclusion

Othello is led to believe that the conversation is about Desdemona when in fact it is about Cassio's real lover. His passion is aroused more when Bianca arrives with Desdemona's handkerchief, enraged that Cassio should have another woman's item in his possession. Cassio is attacked by Rodrigo but only injuries are sustained, disappointing Iago, who thought that they might kill each other. Othello arrives and assumes that Iago has attacked Cassio as they planned. He goes off to kill Desdemona. In the mean time Iago kills Roderigo. Even though Desdemona protests her innocence, Othello still kills her. Emilia then realizes that Iago has poisoned the mind of Othello. She tells him that Cassio is not dead and that it is all Iagos doing. Othello goes after Iago who attacks and kills Emilia. Cassio also tells Othello that Desdemona's protests of innocence had been the truth. The play ends with a distraught Othello committing suicide when he realizes what has happened. Overall, this play is a clever web of intrigue and deceipt which ends with no-one getting what they actually wanted. It shows how lack of trust combined with dishonesty can destroy everything. ...read more.

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