- Publish Date: 1993-07-14
- Binding: Mass Market Paperback
- Author: William Shakespeare
In Othello, Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona that begins with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and death. Shakespeare builds many differences into his hero and heroine, including race, age, and cultural background. Yet most readers and audiences believe the coupleâs strong love would overcome these differences were it not for Iago, who sets out to destroy Othello. Iagoâs false insinuations about Desdemonaâs infidelity draw Othello into his schemes, and Desdemona is subjected to Othelloâs horrifying verbal and physical assaults.
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-An annotated guide to further reading
Essay by Susan Snyder
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