Othello at the RSC
Othello at the RSC

Shakespeare’s sources

The main source for Othello is a short story, ‘the seventh novella in the third decade’, of Giraldi Cinthio’s Hecatommithi of 1565/6.

Explore this translation of Cinthio’s Hecatommithi.

You can also download this article about Othello and its sources.

Having read some of the source material:

  • How do the changes Shakespeare made affect your perceptions of the female characters?

  • Why might Shakespeare have made these changes?

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Othello: In Performance

University of Birmingham