Written in 1603, The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most ambiguous plays. The protagonist is a travelling mercenary, hired by the Venetian establishment to help protect the borders of Europe from military threats. After eloping with Desdemona, a beautiful Venetian heiress, Othello succumbs to Iago’s suggestions that his new wife is unfaithful. Maddened by jealousy, Othello strangles Desdemona in their marriage bed, before turning his sword upon himself.

In this play, Shakespeare explores what it means to be an outsider in a prejudiced society, as both the tragic hero and victim attempt to challenge the established beliefs around race and gender.

Scene by Scene Videos

This is the first of a series of videos which take you through the play, scene by scene. To watch the full series, go to YouTube and search for the Doccy Smith channel. I recommend making a Cornell note-taking sheet for each video that you watch, making sure that you are actively reducing the ideas to key points.

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