Please see the bottom of each scene for full explanatory notes. One performance of Othello, produced in , starred an actress by the name of Margaret. Othello: the Moor of Venice / by William Shakespeare ; with related readings. p. cm. . ested, you can view the texts of Shakespeare's plays in their original spelling on the full of puns and wordplay, and yet natural, so that—to steal a line from . ground in a fire caused by a cannon shot during a performance of Henry the. Othello is a Moor who has become one of Venice's most celebrated generals. Is there an original text at all - or only the written shadow of a performance.
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Full text / script of the play Othello Act IV by William Shakespeare
In gruesome detail, Cinthio follows each blow, and, when the lady is dead, the Moor and his ensign place her lifeless body upon her bed, smash her othello pdf full text speed, and then cause the cracked ceiling above the bed to collapse upon her, giving the impression the falling rafters caused her death.
The two murderers escape detection. The Moor then misses his wife greatly, and comes to loathe the sight of his ensign. He demotes him, and refuses to have him in his company. The ensign then seeks revenge by disclosing to "the squadron leader" the tale's Cassio counterpartthe Moor's involvement in Desdemona's death.
The two men denounce the Moor to the Venetian Seignory. The Moor is arrested, transported from Cyprus to Venice, and tortured, but refuses to admit his guilt.
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He is condemned to exile; Desdemona's relatives eventually put him to death. The ensign escapes any prosecution in Desdemona's death othello pdf full text speed engages in other crimes and dies after being tortured. Honigmann, the editor of the Arden Shakespeare edition concluded that Othello's race is ambiguous.
As critics have established, the term 'Moor' referred to dark-skinned people in general, used interchangeably with similarly ambiguous terms as 'African', "Ethiopian' and even 'Indian' to designate a figure from Africa or beyond. InJames Welton argued more evidence points to him being Sub-Saharan, though Shakespeare's intention is unknown.
He argues that interpretations attempting to change Othello from othello pdf full text speed to brown" were due to racial prejudice during Reconstruction in the US and notes that Othello is described using similar language to Aaron othello pdf full text speed Titus Andronicus.
She states that byaccounts of Othello as deriving from further south were not uncommon. Iago twice uses the word "Barbary" or "Barbarian" to refer to Othello, seemingly referring to the Barbary coast inhabited by the "tawny" Moors.
Roderigo calls Othello "the thicklips", which seems to refer to European conceptions of Sub-Saharan African physiognomy, but Honigmann counters that, as these comments are all intended as insults by the characters, they need not be taken literally. He stayed with his retinue in London for several months and occasioned much discussion, and thus might have inspired Shakespeare's play, written only a few years afterwards.
The exact date that Othello was written is unknown, though sources indicate that it was written between andsometime after the Moorish delegation. III he denounces Desdemona's supposed sin as being "black as mine own face".
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