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Othello 15

  • Date Submitted: 02/20/2012 08:01 AM
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The Story begins with Roderigo, a rich and dissolute gentleman, complaining to lago, a high-ranking soldier, that lago has not told him about the secret marriage between Desdemona, the daughter of a Senator named Brabantio, and Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army. He is upset by this development because he loves Desdemona and had previously asked her father for her hand in marriage. lago is upset with Othello for promoting a younger man named Cassio above him, and tells Roderigo that he plans to use Othello for his own advantage. lago is also upset because he believes that Othello slept with his wife Emilia.
lago's argument against Cassio is that he is a scholarly tactician with no real battle experience from which he can draw strategy; in contrast, lago has practical battle skills. By emphasizing Roderigo's failed bid for Desdemona, and his own dissatisfaction with serving under Othello, lago convinces Roderigo to wake Brabantio, Desdemona's father, and tell him about his daughter's elopement.
lago sneaks away to find Othello and warns him that Brabantio is coming for him.Before Brabantio reaches Othello, news arrives in Venice that the Turks are going to attack Cyprus; therefore Othello is summoned to advise the senators. Brabantio arrives and accuses Othello of seducing Desdemona by witchcraft, but Othello defends himself successfully before an assembly that includes the Duke of Venice, Brabantio's kinsman Lodovico and Gratiano, and various senators. He explains that Desdemona became enamored of him for the stories he told of his early life, not because of any witchcraft he might have used. The senate is satisfied, but the broken Brabantio leaves saying that Desdemona will betray Othello.
By order of the Duke, Othello leaves Venice to command the Venetian armies against invading Turks on the island of Cyprus, accompanied by his new wife, his new lieutenant Cassio, his ensign lago, and Emilia as Desdemona's attendant.The party arrives in Cyprus...


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