Written 2010 by 17-year-old Me. I believe this creative writing assignment was something like “Bring Shakespeare into modern times.” No doubt my high school English teacher had fun reading it!
It has today been revealed that Othello the Moor, renowned General in the Venetian Army, a man who needs no introduction, was villainously used and betrayed by his right-hand man, Ensign Iago, resulting in the deaths of three people.
Through duplicitous means, Iago persuaded Othello that his wife Desdemona was having an affair with one Michael Cassio. This led to the untimely passing of Desdemona at Othello’s hands. Furthermore, Iago himself has confessed to casting covetous eyes on the fine Venetian gentlelady.
The General reacted to the news of this ultimate betrayal by lashing out at Iago: “…thou be’st a devil… O pernicious caitiff!”
When confronted about his (Iago’s) crimes, which include the manslaughter of his wife Emilia, and being accessory to the murder of Desdemona, Iago refused to comment, boldly saying “Demand me nothing. What you know, you know. From this time forth I never will speak word”.
Overcome by his guilt and by the betrayal of his best friend, General Othello has since died by suicide. Consequently, the charges against Iago have been added to with indictments of accessory to suicide, contempt of authority, and refusal to assist investigations.