A Summary Of Othello Essay

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Written by William Shakespeare, “Othello” is a twisted tale of deceit and betrayal that turned a beautiful love into a murderous plot due to outside jealousy. The play begins in with Iago and Rodrigo arguing in Venice. Iago is a soldier who is under Othello’s command and Rodrigo has been paying him to spy on Othello because he wishes to be with Desdemona, Othello’s lover. Rodrigo believes that Iago is loyal to Othello and has not been keeping up his end of the bargain due to his lack of information . Iago reassures Rodrigo that he has a strong hatred towards Othello because Othello had recently passed over Iago for a promotion to lieutenant in favor of Cassio, a less experienced soldier. In order to keep Rodrigo’s trust, and his money, Iago decided to inform Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, about her relationship with Othello. This angers her father because Othello is considered “The Moor”, which indicates that Othello is a black man. An upset Brabantio sends his men out at night to capture Othello because he believes that Desdemona would never be with Othello willingly. Hoping to disguise what he had done, Iago runs and tells Othello to warn him, saying that Rodrigo was the one who told her father about their relationship. Othello does not seem phased because he believes that he has not done wrong and that his good reputation will help clear up the matter. In all the commotion, we learn that Othello and Desdemona had just been married.
Brabantio is very upset to hear this and accuses Othello of bewitching his daughter and using magic on her. Othello is then called away to discuss a crisis in Cypress but Brabantio is still upset and he wants justice for his daughter because he believes that she has been taken against her will to be Othello’s bride. The council decides to bring in Desdemona to settle the matter. While the council waits for Desdemona to arrive, Othello begins to explain how he and Desdemona fell in love. When Desdemona arrives, she confirms this story. The Duke then tells Brabantio that he needs to accept his daughter’s marriage. The Duke then orders Othello to Cypress to fight the Turks. Desdemona wishes to follow because she wants to be with her husband. With the marriage confirmed, Rodrigo is upset and believes that his chances with Desdemona are over, but Iago tells him not to give up because she will probably get tired of her new husband very soon. When everyone leaves, Iago reveals that he intends to continue to obtain money from Rodrigo and that his ultimate plan is to suggest to Othello that his wife is sleeping with Cassio, the officer who received the promotion instead of Iago.
A few weeks later, Montano and several of Othello’s men are waiting for his arrival back home. Apparently, a storm had battered the destroyed the Turkish fleet and they were no longer a threat to Cypress. The men were worried that Othello’s ship had suffered the same fate as the Turkish fleet. The conversations that took place...

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