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“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss,
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger:
But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o'er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!"
(Act 3, scene 3, 165–171)”
― William Shakespeare, Othello
The Moor of Venice
Master Shakespeare's Othello using Absolute Shakespeare's Othello essay, plot summary, quotes and characters study guides. Click on the headings to expand. This is a very useful guide.
Plot Summary: A quick review of the plot of Othello including every important action in the play. An ideal introduction before reading the original text.
Commentary: Detailed description of each act with translations and explanations for all important quotes. The next best thing to an modern English translation.
Characters: Review of each character's role in the play including defining quotes and character motivations for all major characters.
Characters Analysis: Critical essay by influential Shakespeare scholar and commentator William Hazlitt, discussing all you need to know on the characters of Othello.
Othello Essay: Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous essay on Othello based on his legendary and influential lectures and notes on Shakespeare.
Modern v Classic Othello
Listed below are links to essays that may assist in your study with how the play has changed in its meaning/reception over the centuries.
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 by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565.
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Poster for an 1884 production of Shakespeare's Othello with Thomas Keene. Lithograph by W.J. Morgan & Co. Lith. Public domain.
Othello in a nutshell
A summary and useful guide for students studying Othello. This site also provides an animated video summary of Othello.