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A tragedy in five parts written by William Shakespeare between 1603-1604. The full name of the play is OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE. It was first published in 1622, almost ten years after Shakespeare completed it. The play revolves around a black general tormented by racial insecurities who eventually murders his white wife, Desdemona, in a fit of jealous rage and then commits suicide. It is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

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"Othello with His Sleeping Wife," painted between 1809-1861, by Christian Köhler. Oil on canvas. Licensed under Public Domain.

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