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Othello Paperback – August 11, 2014

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ISBN-13: 978-1613823323 ISBN-10: 1613823320

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A legitimate way to take the 'toil and trouble' out of reading Shakespeare. -- American Teacher

A useful teaching tool. --The New York Times

About the Author

William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest playwright the world has seen. He produced an astonishing amount of work; 37 plays, 154 sonnets, and 5 poems. He died on 23rd April 1616, aged 52, and was buried in the Holy Trinity Church, Stratford.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (August 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613823320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613823323
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Antebi Ph.D on July 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I first read Othello when I was just seventeen. My father had just passed away and a friend thought this book would be helpful. Why he thought so, I will never know. Anyway, I have not since that first reading felt the pain of loss and of empathy as deeply as I did when I first finished reading this play. Now, many, many years later, the memory of my sadness and the nature of Iago's betrayal still haunts me. I read whatever I can on the topic of evil and betrayal. Who can ever really understand what it must have been like to experience Othello's despair at learning the truth? Nevertheless, that first read was my best and it's aftermath, still haunts me. These characters exemplify what it means to be human and what it means to be human will always be relevant. Read "Othello" with your whole heart and you may discover what I did so many yeas ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Mascarin Perigault on October 27, 2013
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As in all tragedies of the author, the ending is tragic, hence the name. Human beings pursuing their passions do the wrong thing. The triumph of emotion over reason, the heart over reason. In this case the deadly emotion is jealousy. The interesting development of this and all the works of the author, aside the argument, are the dialogues, visions of human behavior and their way of thinking and the way they express this. They say it was written after Hamlet. Filmed, like everything the author, on countless occasions.
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This play is unique among Shakespeare's tragedies in that it served as a transition from his earlier comedies to his great series of tragedies and history plays. If you look at it objectively, the driving character of Iago is a sinister evolution by the Bard upon the "Scheemer" character found in so many Italian Comedies of the 16th Century.

He plays characters against each other and orchestrates misunderstandings that bring about his desired end. I like to imagine Shakespeare in a modern day theatrical agent's office pitching the story as a "What if...'

"What if instead of wanting everyone to get married in an Italian Comedy, the trickster wanted vengeance?"

This play is an excellent play to read and an even greater play to teach! If you want to have some real fun with relationship dynamics and cultural discussions of marriage, race, trust, friendship, ambition, and jealousy, this play is rife with great situations that spark great questions about what it means to be "trustworthy" and how so much can hinge upon how things are perceived.

I rank this play up high with Hamlet as the greatest two tragedies of English Literature for it takes an often used formula and gives it an original twist that plays to audiences and readers alike. We are all unwitting carriers of an internal green-eyed monster.

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The white on black, the black on white
Explosive mix it makes, so easy to ignite
By jealousy venom, inserted drop by drop into suspicious mind,
And vicious fantasies force fatal spring of hate to wind
And there you go ... flame of rage
Burns out lives, while getting out of its mental cage
In black on white
Bard dared to write
About love, about race
About trust and its disgrace
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By Tracey L Kasom on February 15, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Othello was assigned summer reading for my son. He loves Shakespeare as a result of the assignment. This edition contains helpful information, so a beginner can navigate it without difficulty. Classic.
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