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Othello (1604)

Pizzabeak

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Othello is based on "A Moorish Captain", by Cinthio, from 1535.

My real life experiences keep reminding me of this, for some reason. It is either that people are experts on this and are abusing it, or they never read or saw the play. It's about a moor with a fair wife, and his jealous ensign who plots his ruin via manipulation, so that Othello ends up killing her (Desdemona), then himself. It's a tragedy, basically not unlike Romeo & Juliet (1594) except the main character is a black man, although the girl is still white.

I don't think knowledge of this work will stop people from being an Iago. The play is similar to any adaptations you may have seen. I don’t think watching them necessarily helps you understand the text more, although the book being better than the movie or vice versa doesn’t mean much here.
 

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Lol
The book is pretty similar to the movie
 
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