• Reading Levels 3 - 5


Othello stands alone among William Shakespeare's tragedies. Whereas Macbeth and Hamlet play out against a backdrop of politics and war, Othello zooms in on a small group of characters, focusing on their private lives. Those characters include Othello, a respected general of (apparently) African heritage; Desdemona, his beautiful Venetian wife, and Iago, his trusted — but far from trustworthy — adviser. With this intimate cast, Shakespeare weaves a devastating tale of love, jealousy, pride, and racial discrimination, whose themes still resonate today.

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