1564 Birth in Stratford-upon-Avonin Stratford, England1582 Marriage with AnneHathaway1604 Othello is penned, beingperformed on November the 1stat Whitehall.1610. Othello is performed atOxford College by the King’sMen during a summer tour.1612-1613. The King’s menperform Othello and JuliusCaesar amongst others in thisyear.1616. Death on April 23rd, hisburial being recorded in theStratford Holy Church Registertwo days later.He wrote 37 plays and 154sonnetsNickname- The Bard
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ACT IScene I Roderigo and Iago have an arguement Reason for Iago’s hatred is Othello’s recent promotion of Michael Cassio to the post of lieutenant Iago is serving Othello only for his own interests They seek revenge by rousing Desdemona’s family against the general Roderigo and Iago inform Brabantio of Desdemona’s secret marriage to Othello Enraged, Brabantio sets out in search of his daughter
ACT IScene II Scene takes place near Othello’s house Iago warns Othello that Brabantio is searching for him Cassio brings a suons from the duke demanding Othello’s presence on a matter of urgent state business Brabantio accuses Othello of abducting Desdemona and wants him to be arrested There is almost a fight between Othello’s and Brabantio’s men but Othello brings the confrontation to a halt
ACT IScene III The duke is told about the threatened Turkish invasion of Cyprus He listens to Brabantios accusation and Othello’s defence and sends for Desdemona to find out who is right Othello is ordered to go to Cyprus and Desdemona may join him Roderigo is desperate because he realizies that he’ll never win Desdemona’s love, but Iago has a plan to help him.
IMPORTANT QUOTES Were I the Moor I would not be Iago. In following him I follow but myself; Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty, But seeming so for my peculiar end.For when my outward action doth demonstrate The native act and figure of my heart In compliment extern, ’tis not long after But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at. I am not what I am.
IMPORTANT QUOTES But here’s my husband, And so much duty as my mother showed To you, preferring you before her father, So much I challenge that I may profess Due to the Moor my lord.
ACT IIISCENE I Cassio brings musicians to serenade Desdemona He asks Emilia to help him get access to Desdemona
ACT IIISCENE II Iago, Othello, and a gentleman walk together at the citadel Othello gives Iago some letters to deliver to Venice He then leaves his quarters to inspect the island’s fortifications
ACT IIISCENE III Desdemona promises Cassio that she will intercede for him Desdemona asks Othello to and reinstate Cassio as lieutenant Iago sows suspicions in Othello’s mind until the Moor is conivinced that Desdemona is unfaithful to him Emilia gives Othello’s handkerchief to her husband, who places it in Cassio’s room Othello finds it and and flies into a rage, but asks for clearer evidence By the end of the scene he swears that he will be revenged and orders Iago to kill Cassio Iago is promoted to lieutenant by Othello
ACT IIIScene IV Othello asks Desdemona for his handkerchief, but she wants to talk about Cassio Othello leaves in a rage Cassio and Iago enter, and Cassio immediately continues with his suit to Desdemona for help Cassio shows Bianca the handkerchief he found in his room and asks her to copy its embroidery
IMPORTANT QUOTES Haply for I am black, And have not those soft parts of conversation That chamberers have; or for I am declined Into the vale of years—yet that’s not much— She’s gone.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu7FgXSD_Vg&feature=r elated
ACT VScene I Roderigo lies in wait for Cassio In the fight both, Roderigo and Cassio, are wounded Othello hears them and thinks that Iago has murdered Cassio as promised Now he wants to do the same to Desdemona Lodovico and Grantiano hasten to see what is the matter, Iago appears as well and stabbs Roderigo “This is the fruits of whoring” Iago takes control of the situation, sending Emilia back to Othello and Desdemona
ACT VScene II Othello comes to Desdemona’s bed- chamber, determined to kill her Desdemona pleads for innocence but Othello doesn’t believe her He covers her head with a pillow and suffocates her Emilia comes in and brings the news of the death Roderigo and the fighting When she sees the dead Desdemona she raises the alarm Iago, Gratiano and Montano enter the room Emilia denounces Iago, who draws his sword on her and escapes Othello stabs himself, Iago is taken away to be tortured
16TH-CENTURYELIZABETHAN THEATRE Religious groups condemned theater for the immorality in the plays. All of society attended the theater, including royalty. Plays were meant to be performed-- not seen as literature, therefore only rough copies of Shakespeare’s plays survive today. Only men were actors at the time, even for female roles.
OTHELLO Play’s protagonist and hero Moorish prince living in Venice General in the Venetian Army Very powerful and respected figure However, he is very insecure and jealous Kills Desdemona in the end because of jealousy Commits suicide
CASSIO Othello’s lieutenant Honourable Florentine Likes women and alcohol Unjustly accused of having an affair with Desdemona In the end he outsmarts everyone by foiling his own murder
IAGO Othello’s ancient and a professional soldier Snake in the grass Misuses Othello’s trust, abuses Roderigo for his own profit Fools Desdemona and kills his own wife Regards women as things Main motives are greed and envy Considers love as "merely a lust of the blood and permission of the will” and virtue as a “fig” that is soon rotted Embodiment of evil
THE GLOBE THEATRE Shakespeare’s theater group constructed The Globe, an open-air round theatre. The original theatre burned in 1613. A new Globe Theatre was built in London in 1997.
JEALOUSY Iago: O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyd monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss, Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger: But O, what damnèd minutes tells he oerWho dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves! Othello: O misery!