Othello is one of Shakespeare's classics, this play has many oddities and puzzles. It roots into love, deception and jealousy. Also it clearly questions the debate of; can different cultures inter-wind without colliding? in addition, Othello has vivid racism, sexism, manipulation and savagery within civilisation. This play is set in Venice, Italy but due to circumstances all of the characters move to Cyprus.
Othello is written between 1601-1604, the level of intensity and drama obviously indicated that he devoted a lot of time and effort into this play. The likely hood of him writing Othello in London is very high. He moved to London in 1587 and quickly got recognised by the higher society of London. People whose only form of entertainment appreciated him in the theatre . He became an established writer by 1590 and made his own playwright by 1592. Towards the end of his life he returned to his home town, Stratford-upon-Avon and proudly brought the second biggest house which he rumoured he dreamed about when he was a child.
The play starts in a Venetian street but ultimately moves to Cyprus and remains there 'till the end. There are various motives in the shifting of the play. The physical differences contributes to the fact that Venice and Cyprus are very different. Venice is metropolitan, whereas Cyprus is an underdeveloped city. Similarly, Venice is the colonizer and Cyprus is the colonized. Cyprus is an island covered with water from all the four sides, whereas Venice has water running in the city in form of various canals.
The plot of this play is based on a North African 'Moor', Othello, who is also the important general. He is powerful and put in charge of Cyprus by the government to . Desdemona who he has ‘wooed’ also she is the Venetian senator daughter, Brabantio. He did not approve of the marriage and was in denial that his daughter secretly married this 'black moor' that he claimed he used ‘black magic’. Later he accepted the fact that she was married to Othello. Rodrigo is another main character, very naive; he is madly in love with Desdemona and will not rest until she is married to him and not Othello. Iago a conniving, villainous character who manipulates not just Rodrigo, but also Othello and...