If this tale is true, it is too close to the plot of Othello to be a coincidence. But where did Shakespeare get the idea for plot and its historical context?
Maddened by jealousy, he orders Iago to murder Cassio, and then he strangles Desdemona. Iago convinces Roderigo that Desdemona will soon tire of Othello and that he should follow her to Cyprus.
Summary In the opening of the play, Roderigo, a young gentleman who loved and hoped to get Desdemona, is talking about the elopement of Desdemona with Othello, the moor.
Information provided about the play William Shakespeare never published any of his plays and therefore none of the original manuscripts have survived.
He visited the court of Queen Elizabeth, and sat for a portrait. Moffat, Yard and Co. In a soliloquy, Iago explains to the audience that eliminating Cassio is the first crucial step in his plan to ruin Othello.
Desdemona pleads on behalf of Cassio making her lover suspicious and extremely jealous. Some suggest that Shakespeare and his troupe perhaps performed for him.
Colley Cibber wrote that Betterton was "an actor as Shakespeare was an author, both without competitors, formed for the mutual assistance and illustrations of each other's genius. Given a chance to speak for himself, Othello explains that he wooed and won Desdemona not by witchcraft but with the stories of his adventures in travel and war.
Desdemona, true to her word to Cassio, continues to plead on his behalf, unknowingly confirming to Othello her unfaithfulness. Othello makes a speech about how he would like to be remembered, then kills himself with a sword he had hidden on his person. Later, Cassio comes onstage, wondering about the handkerchief he has just found in his chamber.
In the meantime, Iago manages to procure a treasured handkerchief from Desdemona that was given to her by Othello.
To himself, Iago decides to make use of Cassio, the man he deeply resents and who received the promotion he himself wanted, as the instrument to destroy Othello. Desdemona insists that she accompany her husband on his trip, and preparations are made for them to depart that night.
Lodovico tells Othello that he must come with them back to Venice to be tried. Desdemona's father then complains to the Duke of Venice, claiming the vile, black man, used spells and charms to win Desdemona's favour.
A third gentleman arrives and reports that the Turkish fleet has been wrecked in a storm at sea. Then he will have a clear avenue to his love. He would have interacted with them as servants, musicians, entertainers and even prostitutes. He would have been aware of their struggles within Elizabethan society, and the racism they endured.
His decision is precipitated by several other actions as well, most notably the efforts of his supposed friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to have him killed. After crying out that she has been murdered, Desdemona changes her story before she dies, claiming that she has committed suicide.
The Duke appoints Othello as general of the defense forces against the Turks, and he must leave for Cyprus immediately. Table of Contents Plot Overview Othello begins on a street in Venice, in the midst of an argument between Roderigo, a rich man, and Iago. Late that night, they attack Cassio in the street, but it is Cassio who wounds Roderigo.
Iago wounds Cassio and runs away. He visited the court of Queen Elizabeth, and sat for a portrait. Iago rushes out and stabs Cassio in the leg.
He would have been aware of their struggles within Elizabethan society, and the racism they endured.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 A short summary of William Shakespeare's Othello.
This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Othello. OTHELLO: SHORT PLOT SUMMARY The story of William Shakespeare's Othello is set in 16th-century Venice and Cyprus.
Othello the Moor, a noble black general in the Venetian army, has secretly married a beautiful white woman called Desdemona, the daughter of a prominent senator, Brabantio.
One of the most staged of all of Shakespeare's plays, Othello is a tale of love and betrayal, secrets, passions, and intrigue. Psychology and wit pit strength and virtue against jealousy and evil agendas. The results leave no winners, only tragedy in the lives of the jealous Moor, Othello, and his wife, Desdemona.
+ free ebooks online. Did you know that you can help us produce ebooks by proof-reading just one page a day? Go to: Distributed Proofreaders. Plot summary of Shakespeare's Othello: In the opening scene, Iago complains to Roderigo that Othello, his Commander, has passed him over to promote the handsome young Cassio to be his Lieutenant.
He vows to get revenge. Iago first asks Roderigo.Download