Introduction to Shakespeares Othello TH E TRAGE DY
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Introduction to Shakespeare's Othello TH E TRAGE DY A ND THE MOOR
Shakespeare's’ Othello Scholars disagree on the exact date it was actually written, but the first performance of the play was on November 1, 1604 at the Court of King James I Shakespeare’s Othello was inspired by a short story written in Venice in 1566 by Cinthio Giambattista Giraldi , an Italian writer Othello was written in the early 17 th century, during the Elizabethan era; England’s view of non Europeans was shaped by diplomatic policies and to a lesser extent, by exotic stories brought back by travelers overseas
A Tragic Hero Shakespeare’s Othello is considered one of four of his great tragedies; along with King Lear, Macbeth, and Hamlet. A tragic hero is the main character who errors in his actions, which leads to his eventual downfall Tragic heroes are neither fully good nor evil; they usually have outstanding qualities but it is the tragic hero’s decisions and mistakes that lead to his undoing Popular tragic heroes are included in the following works: Romeo and Juliet, The Great Gatsby, Antigone, Things Fall Apart, and Oedipus Rex for example
Traits of A Tragic Hero The hero sees and understands his doom, and that his fate was revealed by his own actions. The hero is faced with a serious decision. The hero is physically or spiritually wounded by his experiences, often resulting in his death. A tragic hero is often of noble birth, or rises to noble standing The suffering of the hero is meaningful. Portrayals of female tragic heroes are notable because they are rare.
Othello, “The Moor” Othello is the tale of jealousy, forbidden love, and prejudice. Desdemona, a senator’s daughter’s, secretly marries Othello, a general in the Venetian army, and also a Moor. What is a Moor? Member of a Muslim people of mixed Arab and or African descent, now living chiefly in northwest Africa The term is derived from Mauritania, an Islamic country in Northwest Africa.
Short Answer Notebook Questions �Why is the historical context of Othello important? �What traits have critics attributed to an “Arab” Othello? What about a “black” or “African” Othello? Why do you think this is so? �Why was the color of Othello’s skin so important outside of the text? Then and now?
Portrayals of Othello, The Moor