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The Plot (07:52)


This episode will examine background, plot, and main characters of Othello. William Shakespeare's play does not have any subplots, comic episodes, non-essential action, parallel plots, or extraneous characters. Characters include Desdemona, Brabantio, Emilia, Cassio, and Roderigo; Iago schemes to make the Moor believe his wife is unfaithful.

The Major Characters of Othello (10:43)

Although Othello is a prominent general with a sense of justice, he does not feel comfortable in Venice because he is a Moor. Desdemona is committed in her love even when Othello grows angry and jealous; the villain Iago schemes against the Moor because he passed him over for promotion and may have had had an affair with Emilia. Learn how Shakespeare's play is similar to Medieval Morality play.

Credits: Othello Basics (00:47)

Credits: Othello Basics

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Othello Basics

Part of the Series : Standard Deviants School Shakespeare Series
3-Year Streaming Price: $129.95



The Standard Deviants fight the green-eyed monster in a preliminary discussion of Shakespeare's Othello. It's a rough-and-ready ride through the plot of the play and a look at some of the most intriguing characters, from the jealous to the dastardly. There's true love, intrigue, and death. We're talking tragedy with a capital T.

Length: 20 minutes

Item#: BVL155224

Copyright date: ©2005

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