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Othello Lesson Plan

Introduction to Othello

Othello was written by William Shakespeare between 1601 and 1604, and first published in 1622. It is based on an Italian short story called "Un Capitano Moro" ("A Moorish Captain") written by Cinthio and published in 1565.

Othello is one of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies. It explores themes of race, love, betrayal, and loyalty, and is largely a study of human nature and psychology. The play is set during a war between Venice and the Ottoman Empire. The action centers around a Moorish general, Othello, and his relationships with his wife Desdemona and his ensign Iago.

Key Aspects of Othello


Othello's tone is one of high tragedy, to match the serious...

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