William Shakespeare - Othello


by William Shakespeare

Written circa: 1603

Believed to have been written between 1602-1604, William Shakespeare's Othello is one of his most popular and enduring tragedies.

The play was most likely first performed in 1604 for King James I at the Palace of Whitehall which was later destroyed by a fire in 1698.

Othello tells the story of a Moor living in Venice who serves as a military general. After eloping with Desdemona, the daughter of a senator, he is deceived by his servant Iago who convinces him that his wife has betrayed him by having an affair with one of his lieutenants named Michael Cassio.

Othello plots to kill his wife and Cassio, but Cassio escapes with only a leg injury. Othello, meanwhile, smothers his wife in bed before learning that he has been deceived from Emilia, his wife's chambermaid (and she herself the wife of Iago). Emilia is then stabbed by Iago for disclosing his lies, and Othello ends the tragedy by committing suicide.

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