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Othello (Shakespeare Made Easy) [Kindle Edition]

William Shakespeare
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Book Description

This interactive e-book edition of SHAKESPEARE MADE EASY: OTHELLO allows you to move easily back-and-forth between the original text and the modern text of the play. By clicking on a character's name in the original text, you are taken to the same place in the modern text, and vice versa. The back-of-book exercises also contain links that take you directly to the lines in the play referenced in specific practice questions.

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Shakespeare’s tragedy of the Moor whose love for Desdemona is destroyed by jealousy unfolds in easy-to-follow English as we speak it today. Othello’s passion and Iago’s treachery become clear in this straightforward modern version.

The complete original text is laid out side-by-side with a complete modern translation. You’ll find this book ideal for instant reference and understanding, whether you are reading Shakespeare for pleasure or studying for an exam.

Product Details

  • File Size: 706 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (May 1, 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002NGBOY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful January 15, 2007
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I have my degree in English... I like reading and teaching with this version as "help" not as a substitution. It gives a clearer understanding to Shakespeare for people who have difficulty with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Fredi
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The Made Easy Version is good for students as it helps with translation of the language. However, reading this version on the kindle is difficult because you have to keep searching for the page which matches your old English version or your translated version.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Classics Illustrated January 16, 2012
By Joe
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The Shakespeare Made Easy series is a convenient way to make sure you understand the plot of each play. The current English "translation" is set out on the opposite page of the original language. You get the words but you don't get the meaning, the feeling, the essence that has kept these works alive for centuries. However, if this is your first exposure to Shakespeare, you at least learn the story which is usually better than the plots of most 21st century movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Othello August 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Othello is a great play, even if I disagree with some elements of the plot. This is basically a play about power, deceit and revenge. Othello is a general who overlooks one of his soldiers, Iago, for promotion, for someone else, with Iago seeking revenge. Even though the race issue is present in this play, Othello is a black general married to a white woman, the deeper issue is revenge for power. Othello and Iago are two contrasting characters involved in a power struggle, with Iago depicted as the characteristic, amoral criminal mind. Read this play, because it will make you think about the issue of power and it's abuse for revenge.

Richard Shaw is he author of Smart Like Shakespeare (Kindle)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Othello Revisited June 24, 2013
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A great addition to the library. My students were impressed and found it easy to understand. I recommend it to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS AMAZING June 9, 2013
By nydunes
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Why no 5 stars? This is the best purchase of my college career. Better than sparknotes and way better than the original old english version that makes no sense and is miserable to read.

I bought this for my Shakespeare class. Hell no I am not reading the original edition in hard to read language. This has a simple version next to it in PLAIN english so I can comprehend what the story is actually about instead of dozing off as i take in zero. It made me appreciate Shakespeare and enjoy this story. I used it for a college class (non-english majors) and I passed all quizzes and was able to discuss what happened and identify quotes. PLUS there is the original version on the page next to it. When the teacher asked what we thought the line meant I always had the answer.

This makes me ENJOY the story, PASS the class and save TIME. Get this series for each adn every shakespear book.
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More About the Author

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King's New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers." Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later under James I, called the King's Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain's Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare's plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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