Ali and Babar Essay

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This article is about Shakespeare's play. For the character, see Othello (character). For other uses, see Othello (disambiguation). The Russian actor and theatre practitioner Constantin Stanislavski as Othello in 1896 The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1603, and based on the Italian short story Un Capitano Moro ("A Moorish Captain") by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. The work revolves around four central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his wife, Desdemona; his lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted ensign, Iago. Because of its varied and current themes of racism, love, jealousy, and betrayal, Othello is still often performed in professional and community theatres alike and has been the basis for numerous operatic, film, and literary adaptations. Contents [hide] 1 Characters 2 Plot 3 Cinthio source 4 Date and text 5 Race 6 Themes 6.1 Iago / Othello 6.2 Othering 6.3 Religious / Philosophical 6.4 The Hero 7 Performance history 7.1 Pre-20th century 7.2 20th century 7.3 21st century 8 Adaptations and cultural references 8.1 Opera 8.2 Ballet 8.3 Film 8.4 Other film adaptations 8.5 Television 8.6 Graphic novels 8.7 Painting 8.8 Miscellaneous 9 Gallery 10 References 11 External links [edit]Characters Othello, the Moor: A general in the Venetian military. Desdemona, Othello's wife and daughter of Brabantio Iago, Othello's ensign and Emilia's husband. Antagonist. Cassio, Othello's lieutenant. Emilia, Iago's wife and Desdemona's maidservant Bianca, Cassio's lover Brabantio, a Venetian senator, Gratiano's brother, and Desdemona's father Roderigo, a dissolute Venetian, in love with Desdemona Duke of Venice, or the "Doge" Gratiano, Brabantio's brother Lodovico, Brabantio's kinsman and

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