The story of William Shakespeare's Othello is set in 16th-century Venice and Cyprus. Othello the Moor, a noble black warrior in the Venetian army, has secretly married a beautiful white woman named Desdemona, the daughter of a prominent senator, Brabantio. When Brabantio finds out, he is outraged, and promptly disowns her.
Othello's ensign, Iago, harbors a secret jealousy and resentment towards the Moor, partly because another soldier, lieutenant Cassio, has been promoted ahead of him, and also because he suspects that Othello has had an affair with his wife. Intent on revenge, Iago hatches a devious plan to plant suspicions in Othello’s mind that Desdemona has been unfaithful to him with Cassio.
Othello is a tale of jealousy, power, paranoia and the passions that can lead to insanity.