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Othello

[oh-thel-oh, uh-thel-oh] /oʊˈθɛl oʊ, əˈθɛl oʊ/
noun
1.
a tragedy (1604) by Shakespeare.
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  • The explanation of this astounding similarity will be given when we come to "Othello."

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  • In these last respects it is a preparatory study for "Othello."

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  • It is impossible to read "Othello" without admiring the art of it.

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  • The characterization of Othello in the rest of this scene is anything but happy.

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  • The character of the captain in Othello is never deeply realized.

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A tragedy by William Shakespeare. The title character, a Moor, or dark-skinned Muslim, is a general commanding the forces of Venice. The villain Iago convinces Othello that Desdemona, the general's beautiful and faithful wife, has been guilty of adultery; at the end of the play, Othello smothers Desdemona. A famous line from the play is Othello's description of himself as “one that loved not wisely but too well.”

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