William Shakespeare wrote many plays, comedies and tragedies, in his lifetime. Most of these plays were based on short stores or even historical personages or events. His tragedy, Othello, The Moor of Venice is no exception to this rule. Shakespeare took the idea of Othello from an Italian short story by Giambattista Cinthio. In this play, Shakespeare takes his tragic hero through a series of painful and serious situations that lead to major consequences for all of those involved.