The story of an African general in the Venetian army who is tricked into suspecting his wife of adultery, Othello is a tragedy of sexual jealousy. First performed around 1604, the play is also a pioneering exploration of racial prejudice.
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- Why does Iago hate Othello?
- How does Emilia help Iago?
- Why does Othello care about Desdemona’s handkerchief
- How does Iago manipulate Desdemona?
- How does Iago use Bianca to trick Othello?
- Why does Iago hate Cassio?
- Why does Roderigo wake up Brabantio?
- Why does Othello go to Cyprus?
- How does Cassio fall from Othello’s grace and get fired?
- Why does Roderigo agree to kill Cassio?
- Does Cassio die?
- How does Roderigo die?
- Does Othello kill Desdemona?
- Why does Emilia die?
- Does Othello die?
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- Venice & Cyprus
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