Vozar, in a article in Philosophy and Literaturesuggests that the epileptic fit relates to the mind—body problem and the existence of the soul.
He reflects the archetypal villain, and has the biggest share of the dialogue. Othello explains that Desdemona became enamoured of him for the sad and compelling stories he told of his life before Venice, not because of any witchcraft. Written by William Shakespeare.
Roderigo calls Othello "the thicklips", which seems to refer to Sub-Saharan African physiognomy, but Honigmann counters that, as these comments are all intended as insults by the characters, they need not be taken literally.
Iago twice uses the word Barbary or Barbarian to refer to Othello, seemingly referring to the Barbary coast inhabited by Berbers. Though the actual racial definition of the term is murky, the implications are religious as well as racial.
On the other hand, F. Iago refuses to explain his motives, vowing to remain silent from that moment on. Lodovico apprehends both Iago and Othello for the murders of Roderigo, Emilia, and Desdemona, but Othello commits suicide.
During the scuffle, Iago comes from behind Cassio and badly cuts his leg. He achieves this by getting close to all characters and playing on their weaknesses while they refer to him as "honest" Iago, thus furthering his control over the characters.
These two versions also differ from each other in their readings of numerous words. Bal, a Hawaiian actor of mixed ethnicity, playing Iago. Othello orders a general celebration and leaves to consummate his marriage with Desdemona.
However, the version in the Folio is rather different in length, and in wording: Cinthio drew a moral which he placed in the mouth of Desdemona that it is unwise for European women to marry the temperamental men of other nations.
Emilia calls for help. News has arrived in Venice that the Turks are going to attack Cyprusand Othello is therefore summoned to advise the senators. In Cinthio, the two murderers escape detection. He is arrested and dies after being tortured.
The senate is satisfied, once Desdemona confirms that she loves Othello, but Brabantio leaves saying that Desdemona will betray Othello: Montano tries to calm down an angry and drunk Cassio, but they end up fighting one another.
Othello confronts Desdemona, and then strangles her in their bed. Themes[ edit ] Iago versus Othello[ edit ] Although its title suggests that the tragedy belongs primarily to Othello, Iago plays an important role in the plot.
Enraged and hurt, Othello resolves to kill his wife and tells Iago to kill Cassio.
Iago goads Cassio on to talk about his affair with Bianca, a local courtesan, but whispers her name so quietly that Othello believes the two men are talking about Desdemona. But questions of race may not boil down to a simple decision of casting a single role. Later, Bianca accuses Cassio of giving her a second-hand gift which he had received from another lover.
Leavishave focused on Othello. Othello reenters and vows with Iago for the death of Desdemona and Cassio, after which he makes Iago his lieutenant. Othello blames Cassio for the disturbance and strips him of his rank. He demotes him, and refuses to have him in his company. Iago persuades Cassio to ask Desdemona to convince her husband to reinstate Cassio.
Bradleyand more recently Harold Bloomhave been major advocates of this interpretation. When Desdemona drops a handkerchief the first gift given to her by OthelloEmilia finds it, and gives it to her husband Iago, at his request, unaware of what he plans to do with it. Montano is injured in the fight.
He refuses to admit his guilt and is condemned to exile.Othello (The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro ("A Moorish Captain") by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in The story revolves around its two central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the .Download