Shakespeare, Rossini and Verdi's Different Versions of Othello

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Shakespeare, Rossini and Verdi's Different Versions of Othello Shakespeare, Rossini and Verdi tell three different versions of Othello. The story is the same, but the different treatments give it different flavors. It is a tragedy, but the nature of the tragedy changes. Shakespeare and Verdi present a saint or a goddess who is destroyed by jealousy, but Rossini presents a human victim of her husband's rage. In Shakespeare's play, Desdemona orders her wedding sheets to be placed upon her bed. Shakespeare emphasizes this gesture as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, though ironically Desdemona will soon lie murdered on them. She asks to be buried in those sheets. In Verdi's opera, she asks to be buried in her wedding gown. In Rossini's opera, this line is omitted. Thus, she seems saint-like in Shakespeare and Verdi, but she seems more human and less holy in Rossini. In Shakespeare's play, she sings the "willow" song, unaware of any more immediate menace than the wind knocking upon the door. In Rossini's opera, she thinks the wind is a bad omen, which brings down ...

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