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William Shakespeares Othello tells the tale of one man on the top of his game shot down by his own jealousy It takes place in 16th century Italy right around the time of the failed Turkish invasion Othello starts out as a superb military officer in the Italian military but through the love of a woman he is brought to an untimely demise The story is actually a play and it is not known if Shakespeare ever knew these plays were to be read The story is told by the characters in the play Othello falls madly in love with Desdemona a beautiful lady whose father is part of the aristocracy His love is meet with lots of resentment from other characters for whatever reason Othello then gets really jealous of Desdemona and winds up killing himself for itThe play is fascinating for its use of the mysterious character Iago Othellos foil He represents the evil in this story Although most of his past is unknown his intentions for Othello are quite clear I follow him to serve my turn upon him is included in one of the first speeches he makes against Othello So right of the bat you know that he is plotting and scheming behind his back This is also supported in the dialogue in his soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 3 line 326 when Iago outlines his whole plot His reasons for this are unclear Shakespeare gives a few reasons why but since the story begins in the middle of his plot its remains mysterious As the play progresses his character is developed through his actions and dialogue He presents himself as a nice guy to everyone save his own wife and leads to his demise By playing both sides of the field its shown he has no loyalties save for himself Although for a brief moment it seems that he is in love with Desdemona but when he kills Roderigo
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