Written in 1604, this cruel tragedy warns us against the dangers of jealousy. The marriage of Othello and Desdemona was one of true minds. But their happiness aroused the envy and malice of Iago, Othello's standard bearer, who had been passed over for promotion in favour of Cassio. Jealousi determined to ruin both men, Iago persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are secret lovers. Corrupted in both body and soul by jealousy, Othello kills Desdemona and, when realising the truth, kills himself. Full of richly coloured language, the verse in this tragedy carries the drama forward forcefully and with great passion.
Othello (SC) by William Shakespeare, narrated by n/a
(01 Sep 1991)