This study guide will help you analyze the play Othello by William Shakespeare. You can also find summaries of both the entire play and its individual scenes, as well as ideas for interpreting the play and putting it into perspective.
Presentation of the text
Title: Othello (1603)/ (1604)
Playwright: William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright. Today, he is one of the most widely-known figures of English literature. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets and approximately 39 plays, including comedies, tragedies, and historical dramas. His plays have been translated into all languages and are the most widely performed of any playwright.
Othello is one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. It revolves around Othello, a Moorish commander in the Venetian army, and Iago, who is angry at Othello for choosing someone else as his lieutenant and is plotting against him. The play tackles important issues, such as race, jealousy, and appearances versus reality.
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