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One of the greatest of Shakespeare's tragedies, Othello tells the story of a Moorish general in command of the armed forces of Venice who earns the enmity of his ensign Iago by passing him over for a promotion. Partly for revenge and partly out of pure evil, Iago plots to convince Othello that Desdemona, his wife, has been unfaithful to him.
Iago succeeds in his evil aims only too well, for the enraged Othello murders Desdemona. When Othello later learns of her innocence, he takes his own life. Bleak and unsparing, this play offers a stunning portrait of an arch-villain and an astute psychological study of the nature of evil.

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"He was not of an age, but for all time," declared Ben Jonson of his contemporary William Shakespeare (1564–1616). Jonson's praise is especially prescient, since at the turn of the 17th century Shakespeare was but one of many popular London playwrights and none of his dramas were printed in his lifetime. The reason so many of his works survive is because two of his actor friends, with the assistance of Jonson, assembled and published the First Folio edition of 1623.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (June 7, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486290972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486290973
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Othello" is sort of a companion piece to "Macbeth" -- both are about noble, upstanding men who are destroyed by their own weaknesses. But where Macbeth was ruined by ambition, Othello's destruction comes from his jealousy and gullibility. And the play is really ruled by the nastiest, cruelest, most devious villain Shakespeare ever wrote.

That villain is Iago, a high-ranking soldier who has a grudge against the noble Moorish soldier Othello, who has just eloped with the beautiful Desdemona. Using a nobleman as his pawn, Iago first turns Desdemona's father against Othello, but the new soldier defends himself agains claims of witchcraft.

But Iago's true plan is far more devious, as he disgraces Othello's lieutenant Cassion and plants Desdemona's handkerchief in Cassio's room. Othello finds himself confronted by a chess game of lies, deceit and suspected infidelity, and his jealousy reaches a fever pitch that can only end in death.

Yeah, the real star of this play is undoubtedly Iago. This is the most repellent mixture of absolute malicious evil and crazy-smart intellect that anyone could write -- he is the person you love to hate, even as you admire how devilishly perfect he is at playing the chessmaster who whispers poison into your ear while playing your "friend." He doesn't quite think of EVERYTHING, but he comes close enough that you would NEVER want to deal with someone like this.

But this tragedy is also underscored by the depiction of Othello, a truly noble and loyal soldier who is turned into a deranged homicidal mess. It's somehow even more disturbing to see him deteriorate than it was to see Macbeth, because this guy was on top of the world in every way -- he was smart, eloquent, a brilliant soldier and a newlywed.
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I purchased this edition of Othello for the students in my English One class. Othello is a very exciting play, and a great read. It is wise to be aware of some fairly adult aspects of the play, including sexual references, questions of fidelity, questions of virginity, and murder. This particular edition is laid out nicely, and is compact enough to take the 'fear' factor of reading a longer book away from reluctant students. The footnotes are of fair quality, but given the nature of Dover editions-- they are purchased by people like me who need educational copies, but may not have a lot of money to invest-- I think better footnotes or more room to write in the margins would have improved my students' experiences. In the end, however, the only way to get a better value is to use free ebooks. Since that technology is not yet widely available at every school, Dover Othello it is.
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Buyer beware. The Kindle edition is not from the Folger Library. All you get is the play itself and some tiny illustrations.
Also, the promised Table of Contents is not included, in spite of what the book description says. Do yourself a favor, Kindle
owners: buy the Delphi Shakespeare Collection for just $2.51, just a buck-and-a-half more than this edition. You'll get
a better copy of the play plus everything else the Bard wrote.
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Shakespeare. What can one say? This is one of his best! The only reason to mark it down is that this edition includes no explanatory notes or explanations of archaic terms both of which are useful in ensuring a 500 year old text remains relevant to the modern audience.
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I should have checked first, but this version doesn't have the line numbers. This makes it difficult to use while teaching.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meg Sumner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2012
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I'm using this as a more portable version of the same plays in Norton's Shakespeare by Greenblatt, which is too darn big to lug around conveniently. So I ordered the Dover plays at their cheap price for convenience. Don't let the price make you think they aren't worth much. They are great for taking notes in and contain all the information I need. I can always look online for more info if I need it. These are a great bargain. Norton's Shakespeare by Greenblatt is the best, yes, but it's seriously like 12 lbs or so....and not cheap.
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By Ellen on August 24, 2014
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Good presentation/summary of The Moor
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