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Shakespeare’s sources

This article analyses the main sources for Othello and the changes Shakespeare made in writing Othello.
Othello at the RSC
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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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