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Othello (2009 edition): Oxford School Shakespeare [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , Roma Gill
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5 Mar 2009 0198328737 978-0198328735 Reprint
Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed edition especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, and rigorous but accessible scholarly credentials. Othello is a popular text for study by secondary students the world over. This edition includes illustrations, preliminary notes, reading lists (including websites) and classroom notes.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198328737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198328735
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 16.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If anything, Othello has increased its stature as one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies ever since it was first written, between 1603 and 1604, due to the victimisation suffered by its tragic hero, Othello, as a result of his skin colour. Othello is a "noble Moor", a North African Muslim who has converted to Christianity and is deemed one of the Venetian state's most reliable soldiers. However, his ensign Iago harbours an obscure hatred against his general, and when Othello secretly marries the beautiful daughter of the Venetian senator Brabanzio, Iago begins his subtle campaign of vilification, which will inevitably lead to the deaths of more than just Othello and Desdemona.

An extraordinary play, both for its dramatic economy and power as well as its remarkable language, from Othello's bombastic "traveller's history" to Desdemona's elegiac "willow song", the play raises uncomfortable questions about ongoing questions of not only racial identity but also sexuality, as Othello and Desdemona's sexual relationship becomes the voyeuristic site of Iago's attempt to destroy them. Particularly fascinated with the question of what it means to "see", Othello also contains one of the greatest tragic death scenes in all of Shakespeare, with Othello's final identification with "a malignant and a turbaned Turk".--Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


This edition of Othello is a fantastic copy. There are ample notes alongside the text, which contribute to the understanding of the play. Well spaced text, also allows for clear reading and annotation. There are also plenty of activities for both in and out of the classroom, aiding student revision and coursework. (5 star Amazon review)

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This edition of Othello, is a fantastic copy for English Literature students. There are ample notes alongside the text, which contribute to the understanding of the play. Well spaced text, also allows for clear reading and annotation. There are also plenty of activities for both in and out of the classroom, aiding student revision and coursework. This copy of the play does true justice to Shakespeare's "Othello", allowing enjoyment of the text, for student, teacher, and independent readers.
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'Othello' is one of Shakespeare's later plays and one of his great tragedies, penned sometime between 'Hamlet' and 'King Lear'. It's a play which emphatically presents cultural tensions - gender, race, religion, nation, role. It's a play which, perhaps more thoroughly than any of his other works, relies on the potency of opposition and contrast, the characters being polarised into black and white.

Othello is a Moorish general who has saved Venice and who is now based on the exotic Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Here is a man who, despite his 'alien' origins, is hailed as the saviour of his community, a man who is universally loved and admired, except by his lieutenant, Iago.

In Iago Shakespeare beats out with blacksmith rhythm one of his greatest creations, a man fired by jealousy, tempered by hatred, a man whose determination is hammered into shape and whose evil expresses itself in duplicitous twists and malignant turns enough to topple Othello. It is the nature of Shakespearean tragedy that the hero should plunge from the sublime heights to utter destitution, despair, and death.

The cornerstone of Othello's triumph is his great love for his lady, Desdemona. Winning her hand, securing her devotion is his greatest achievement and elevates him to unimagined happiness. Yet it this very foundation which Iago undermines with the seed of jealousy. As suspicion takes root, the whole edifice of Othello's power and completeness collapses about him. He murders his wife, faces the realisation of what he has done, and recognises that eternal damnation is less of a punishment that enduring life aware of his own guilt.

Shakespeare is a major architect of English. His phraseology permeates the language like the mortar binding together a building.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Study book 26 Aug 2013
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Bought for my sister doing her alevels. This book is ideal for study.mshe was definitely happy with the price and the product and would recommend this edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Oxford School Edition 13 Sep 2013
By eyduck - Published on Amazon.com
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I performed a selection from Othello at a Shakespeare intensive this summer and tracked down many, many editions for insight into the text. The Oxford School Edition remains my favorite. The extensive footnotes are all in the margins, making it so easy to bounce between the text and the notes without loosing your place. The notes are thorough with the exception that as a student edition, it skims over the bawdier innuendo, but you can figure those out pretty easily on your own. The typography is very well done and gentle on the eyes. There are wonderful summaries of the scenes and history of the play which gives deeper insight. The punctuation is well done (some other editions go crazy with the commas) and lends itself logically to the text. I picked up a copy of Oxford School Edition's Romeo and Juliet earlier this year and loved that one. This continues the trend of excellence. I'm thoroughly impressed.
3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable 18 Aug 2013
By Monica Chen - Published on Amazon.com
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I skimmed it. The previous owner left some amusing annotations, which will no doubt brighten my school days. There is lots of supplementary material.
5.0 out of 5 stars The furious passion aroused by jealousy and treachery 30 Mar 2013
By Battleship - Published on Amazon.com
Othello was a fascinating and disturbing play. Iago was the dastardly villian in the play. He nursed a grudge against Othello (The Moor). He believed that his commanding general had an affair with his wife Emilia. Iago had gained the full confidence of his master and his plans to betray Othello were quite successful.

Iago had Roderigo do his bidding. He had him start a drunken brawl with Cassio. This disturbed Othello who was spending time with his new bride Desdemona. Cassio lost his rank for his transgression. Iago convinced Cassio to seek reconciliation through the liasion of Desdemona. He parlayed the interaction to Othello as unfaithfulness on the part of his wife.

Othello became more and more paranoid and consumed by jealousy. He turned violently on his former beloved bride. Othello was beside himself when he found out that Cassio had his wife's handkerchief. This was proof in his mind of her unfaithfulness. Othello wound up murdering his wife in a passionate rage.

Cassio survived Roderigo's attempt to murder him. It was discovered that Iago had ordered the attack and Emilia revealed that he lied about the affair between Cassio and Desdemona. Othello could not live with himself and he committed suicide. Cassio rose to prominence and Iago's fate as a criminal was sealed after he murdered Emilia.

This play reveals the dark side of human nature. Iago could not deal with his wife's unfaithfulness. Othello became a monster inflamed by jealousy by the very hint of impurity on the part of Desdemona. There were dark undertones of racism and misogyny throughout the play. Cassio and Desdemona were of noble character and were the true victims in this grim tragedy.

The Oxford series provides good translations of unfamiliar Elizabethan words and idioms. There are several photos of the play being acted on the stage. This is a nice edition that explains the plot clearly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for the classroom 25 Dec 2011
By English Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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This text includes it all for both the classroom and for independent study of Shakespeare's Othello.
It provides helpful background information about the play and about the time period in which it's set. In addition, it includes photos and graphics. In the back of the book, it includes a section called, Exploring Othello in the Classroom. This is the best version I've seen as of yet and am glad I stumbled upon it!!
You won't be disappointed with this series!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare 31 Mar 2009
By Gloria J. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Was a great play. Was used for senior class student I assistanted. Loved the play and have it now in my own library at home. A+++++++++++++
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