Please help me reduce its word limit to 200 words. Othello Most good stories start with a fundamental list of ingredients: the initial situation, conflict, complication, climax, suspense,...

Please help me reduce its word limit to 200 words.

Othello

Most good stories start with a fundamental list of ingredients: the initial situation, conflict, complication, climax, suspense, denouement, and conclusion. Great writers sometimes shake up the recipe and add some spice. And no doubt,Othello is one of the greatest tragedies ever written.

Characterization:                      

Although Othello is initially portrayed as a logical and reasonable man, he is eventually reduced to an emotional wreck at the possibility of his wife's infidelity.

Desdemona greatly loves her husband. She is at once courageous as well as self-effacing.

Iago is the villain: he is at once loathsome, conniving, and untrustworthy. He is ready to do anything for the downfall of Othello.

Plot Description:

The duplicitous ensign Iago secretly hates Othello, who is a Moor. Othello is newly married to the virtuous Desdemona; but he believes Iago's lie that his lieutenant, Cassio, has been cuckolding him--a lie that leads to tragedy.

Theme of the play:

Themes include jealousy (how jealousy can destroy a relationship), racial prejudice (how prejudice affects self-image), the discrepancy between appearances and reality and also gender roles and women's rights (Innocent Desdemona is doomed)

Interesting Quote: 

"One that lov'd not wisely but too well".

Othello says this before dying as he realizes that he was manipulated but it is too late.

Analysis or Evaluation:

 I like that Othello is brave and quite competent, even if his decisions aren't quite so rational. It is a great example of a text that was written many years ago, but with themes that can be applied to modern day situations.

Summary:

Othello is a general in the service of Venice. Iago is incredibly jealous of Othello and begins an evil and malicious campaign against him. Othello elopes with Desdemona but Iago starts to plot against them. Othello becomes very suspicious of Desdemona. He confides in Iago that he plans to poison Desdemona. Plots and murders ensue and Othello returns to the castle to kill his innocent wife, eventually smothering her to death. Emilia tells Othello the truth about the scheming Iago, for which Iago kills her and is arrested. Othello, realizing his grave error, wounds Iago, then kills himself.

Conclusion:

This is a wonderful play and has often been considered the most painful of Shakespeare's tragedies. The fall of a proud, dignified man, the murder of a graceful, loving woman, and the unreasoning hatred of a "motiveless" villain-all have evoked fear and pity in audiences throughout the centuries and are the reason for Shakespeare’s popularity.

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I have helped you to trim it down to 279. Perhaps others can add more editing suggestions?

Characterization In Othello                     

Although Othello is initially portrayed as a logical and reasonable man, he is reduced to an emotional wreck at the thought of his wife's infidelity.

Desdemona greatly loves her husband. She is courageous as well as self-effacing.

Loathsome villainous Iago is conniving, untrustworthy and will do anything to bring down Othello.

Plot Description:

The duplicitous ensign Iago secretly hates Othello, a Moor. Othello is newly married to the virtuous Desdemona; but he believes Iago's tragic lie that his lieutenant, Cassio, has been cuckolding him.

Themes:

Jealousy (destructive power), racial prejudice ( affecting self-image) appearance versus reality and gender roles and women's rights (vulnerable innocence.)

Interesting Quote:

"One that lov'd not wisely but too well".

Othello belatedly says this before dying on realising his manipulation.

Evaluation:

I like that Othello is brave and quite competent, even if his decisions aren't quite so rational. It is a great example of a historical text presenting universally relevant themes.

Summary:

Othello is a general in the service of Venice. Iago is jealous of Othello and begins a malicious campaign against him. Othello elopes with Desdemona but Iago plots against them. Othello becomes suspicious of Desdemona. He confides in Iago that he plans to poison Desdemona. Othello returns to the castle to kill his innocent wife, smothering her to death. Emilia tells Othello the truth about Iago, for which Iago kills her and is arrested. Othello, realizing his error, wounds Iago, then kills himself.

Conclusion:

This painful Shakesperian tragedy presents the fall of a proud, dignified man,the murder of a graceful, loving woman, and the unreasoning hatred of a "motiveless" villain. It has evoked fear and pity in audiences for centuries and justifies Shakespeare’s popularity.

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I cut it down a bit more! It should be under 200 now.

Characterization:                  

Othello, initially a reasonable man, behaves irrationally when he believes his wife is unfaithful.

Desdemona is courageous, modest, and loves Othello.

Iago desperately plots to destroy Othello.

Plot:

Iago secretly hates Othello, a Moor. Othello, newly married to the virtuous Desdemona, believes Iago's lie that his lieutenant, Cassio, has been cuckolding him.

Themes:

Jealousy (destructive power), racial prejudice (affecting self-image), appearance versus reality, and gender roles and women's rights (vulnerable innocence.)

Interesting Quote:

"One that lov'd not wisely but too well."

Othello says on realising his manipulation before dying.

Evaluation:

Othello, once brave and capable, makes rash decisions. The historical text presents universally relevant themes.

Summary:

Othello is a general serving in Venice. Jealous Iago begins a malicious campaign against Othello. Othello elopes with Desdemona, then becomes suspicious of her and confides in Iago a plan to kill her. Othello smothers innocent Desdemona to death. Emilia tells Othello the truth, for which Iago kills her. Othello, realizing his error, wounds Iago, then kills himself.

Conclusion:

This Shakesperian tragedy presents the fall of a dignified man, the murder of a loving woman, and the hatred of a "motiveless" villain. The play has evoked fear and pity in audiences for centuries.

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