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By William Shakespeare

In Othello, Shakespeare creates strong drama from a wedding among the unique Moor Othello and the Venetian girl Desdemona that starts off with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and dying. Shakespeare builds many changes into his hero and heroine, together with race, age, and cultural historical past. but such a lot readers and audiences think the couple’s robust love might conquer those changes have been it now not for Iago, who units out to smash Othello. Iago’s fake insinuations approximately Desdemona’s infidelity draw Othello into his schemes, and Desdemona is subjected to Othello’s scary verbal and actual assaults.

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Othello I do think it, and that i ask your pardon. three hundred Will you, I pray, demand148 that demi-devil149 Why he hath hence ensnared my soul and physique? Iago call for me not anything. What you recognize, you recognize. From this time forth, I by no means will converse notice. Lodovico What? Not150 to hope? Gratiano Torments151 will ope your lips. 305 Othello ( to Iago) good, thou dost top. Lodovico ( to Othello) Sir, you shall152 comprehend what hath befallen, Which, as i believe, you recognize now not. here's a letter present in the pocket of the slain Roderigo, And right here one other. the only of them imports 310 The demise of Cassio to be undertook by means of Roderigo. Othello O villain! Cassio such a lot heathenish153 and such a lot gross! Lodovico Now here’s one other discontented154 paper, present in his pocket too. And this, it kind of feels, 315 Roderigo intended to have despatched this damnèd villain, yet that, belike,155 Iago at the moment 148 ask (French demander, “to ask”) 149 (continuing the sarcastic wordplay among Othello and Iago? ) a hundred and fifty no longer even 151 torture 152 needs to 153 un-Christian/civilized, barbarous 154 annoyed, vexed one hundred fifty five most likely, potentially 2 hundred act five • scene 2 got here in and chuffed him. Othello O thou pernicious caitiff ! 156 How got here you, Cassio, by way of that handkerchief That used to be my wife’s? Cassio i discovered it in my chamber. And he himself confessed’t yet even now 320 That there he dropped it for a different objective Which wrought to157 his wish. Othello ( to himself ) O idiot! idiot! idiot! Cassio there's in addition to, in Roderigo’s letter, How he upbraids158 Iago that he159 made him Brave160 me upon161 the watch. Whereon162 it came163 325 That i used to be solid. or even yet now he spake – After lengthy seeming useless – Iago hurt164 him, Iago set him on. a hundred sixty five Lodovico ( to Othello) you want to forsake166 this room,167 and opt for us. Your energy and your command168 is taken off,169 330 And Cassio principles in Cyprus. For170 this slave, 156 despicable wretch, villain 157 wrought to = labored towards 158 reproaches, criticizes 159 Iago one hundred sixty challenge,defy 161 on, in the course of 162 at which era 163 happened, occurred 164 wounded? insulted? a hundred sixty five set him on = attacked him? incited him? 166 withdraw from, depart 167 (1) chamber, (2) workplace, put up 168 energy and . . . command = authority, rule 169 taken off = got rid of a hundred and seventy as for 201 act five • scene 2 If there be any crafty cruelty which can torment him a lot and hold171 him lengthy, It might be his. You shall shut prisoner rest,172 335 until eventually that the character of your fault be identified To the Venetian nation. Come, bring173 away. Othello delicate you,174 a note or sooner than you move. i've got performed the kingdom a few carrier, they usually know’t. not more of that. I pray you, on your letters, 340 in case you shall those unfortunate deeds relate, converse of me as i'm. not anything extenuate,175 Nor set down aught in malice. Then should you converse of 1 that enjoyed no longer correctly, yet too good. of 1 no longer simply jealous yet, being wrought,176 345 Perplexed177 within the severe. of 1 whose hand, just like the base Judean,178 threw a pearl away Richer than all his tribe.

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