The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice

  • October 20, 2012 · 3:00 PM
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believed to have been written in approximately 1603, and based on the Italian short story Un Capitano Moro ("A Moorish Captain") by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. The work revolves around four central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his wife, Desdemona; his lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted ensign,Iago. Because of its varied and current themes of racism, love, jealousy, and betrayal, Othello is still often performed in professional and community theatres alike and has been the basis for numerous operatic, film, and literary adaptations.

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  • Kathy

    We had a great discussion, just us girls!

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    When of 8 out of 10 messages are not about Othello in a message board about Othello it is a little disappointing. So let me post something about Othello from my dilettantes POV.
    I always was struck by Othello being the 'other' and how his success and his failures were due to the 'otherness'.
    What strikes you about the character ?

    October 17, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      He was a sucessfull General. So atleast as far a war was concerned he seemed to be able to find right people to trust.

      October 17, 2012

    • Kathy

      What about Iago? I agree he was a successful general. But, there were warning signs about Iago from the getgo. He trusted Iago, even when Iago was planting rumors about Desdemona. Granted, Iago's main issue is being overlooked for a promotion--that went to another 7 years younger than him.

      October 17, 2012

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