The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice WRITTEN BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE IN APPROXIMATELY 1603 . By: Ferniqua Christian
Setting & Significance Late Sixteenth century, during wars between Venice & Turkey (naval battles between the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Venice for the control of land). Also took place on Island of
Subject(s)/Theme Statement Jealousy & Love Although people in society seem noble, they’re sometimes more malevolent than appeared.
Major Characters Othello – plays the protagonists, as he faces prejudice appoints towards him concerning his ethnic (African-American) because of dating an Caucasian woman. Iago – plays the most villainous character in the play, as he uses his excellent manipulating skills to convince Othello of things that are truly false because of his jealousy towards him & Cassio. Desdemona – plays the wife of Othello, also the daughter of Brabantio. She is falsely accused of the liking of Michael Cassio (
Minor Characters Roderigo – plays the friend of Iago, under iago’s manipulation he naively thinks Iago will help him win over Desdemona but Iago uses him to his advantage. Cassio – plays as othello’s head lieutenant, but is falsely accused of liking Desdemona by his jealous friend Iago who wanted to take his place as lieutenant and rise higher than Othello himself. Emilia – plays iago’s wife, unhappy with being his wife grows fond of Desdemona.
Major Symbols & Motifs. Animals continue to pop off over the course of the play, Referring to Othello as a “black ram.” suggesting that he was a African American. Handkerchief – symbolizes different things. To Othello it is important because it has been passed down to him & he passes it down to Desdemona and it symbolizes her love & passion for him.
Protagonists Dilemma, Decision & Significance. Dilemma – Othello problem is that his friend “honest iago” manipulates him into thinking Desdemona is a whore and it furies Othello, making him want to harm Desdemona. Decision – othello’s decision is final when he decides to kill Desdemona Significance – The significance of all of his decision was greatly impacted my Iago, without Othello even knowing until Emilia started to understand.
Significance from Beg to End. Significance – The significance of all of thisis that Othello killed the one heloved because of “honest iago”who turned out no to be so honestbecause his own wife Emiliafigured out all of his connivingschemes. Iago manipulatedeverybody in this play in his climbto the top expecting to be much
Quotes & Commentary “ I am not what I am.” – Relates back to the theme that I am not what I am appearing to be. It characterizes Iago, ironically they note to him as “honest Iago,” when really he is the most conniving character of them all. “ I kissed thee ere I killed thee, no way but this, killing myself, to die upon a kiss”- It characterizes Othello and his thinking about the killing of Desdemona. You may imply that he in contemplating the killing & realizes what has been done. Suggesting that if he hadn’t killed his wife, he would be killing himself to know that she was that whore Iago described her as.