Here we have humanity in all its dazzling diversity.
Tragedy affects us by revealing scenes that inspire pity and terror.
Iago refuses to apologise or explain his actions, declaring, "From this time forth I will never speak word".
After Othello learns that he has been tricked, he takes his own life, saying, "I did the state some service ...
He secretly marries Desdemona, a beautiful Venetian girl.
Desdemona's father, a Venetian senator named Brabantio, complains to the Duke of Venice that Othello has stolen his daughter.Using Cassio and another young man, Roderigo, as pawns in his game, Iago plants the idea in Othello's mind that Desdemona has been unfaithful, and incites Othello into a state of jealousy.He plays on Othello's insecurity about his ethnic origins, age and lack of sophistication.He has already killed Roderigo for failing to murder Cassio.But letters found on Roderigo's body prove Iago's guilt and he is arrested.The city engaged in a rich trade, operating as the main link between Europe and Asia.The leading Venetian families prevented power struggles among themselves by electing a doge (duke) who held office for life.Othello is the tragedy of a noble hero brought down by a fatal flaw -- jealousy -- in his character.Shakespeare's other great tragedies -- Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth -- deal with issues that affect the well-being of entire nations, whereas Othello is a domestic tragedy with timeless themes such as love, hate, jealousy, intrigue, revenge, trust, suspicion, self-interest, racism, judgment and reason.The tragic hero dies, but his endeavour to resist his negative emotions over the course of the action and the insight he gains reaffirms our faith in human nature. Overview The first act takes place in Venice, and the remainder is set in a seaport in Cyprus.Inevitable death comes as a relief; we do not wish the hero to suffer any more. Othello, a noble black Moor, has spent his life as a mercenary soldier and is now a general in the army, serving the republic of Venice.