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Othello (New Folger Library Shakespeare) Hardcover – 1 Jan 2004

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  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812416384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812416381
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 3 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,178,423 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 the Paperback edition.

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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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I don't quite know why this forum has become an opportunity for children to bandy simplistic reviews of what is universally acknowledged one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies... Many of our greatest literary minds have spent their entire lives without fully comprehending the subtleties of Shakespeare's vision! What you really need to know is that this particular edition of Othello is one of the most usefully annotated of any available. Pitched to assist all but the most advanced of Shakespeare students and phrased in language anyone can easily comprehend, it assists in the development of a profound and sympathetic understanding of the play. Highly recommended.
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Despite the difficult language, Othello has to be one of the most moving tales of tragedy available ever, with such a complex web of spins. Iago is the 'baddie', and is fantastic at his role bringing the end to many lives, in more ways than just by death itself. Othello is every part the "valiant Moor", and Desdemona, his bride, is every feminists nightmare, along with every romantics heroine.
What should be recognised is that in Othello, we see so many aspects of life today, racism and sexism probably standing out the most. Othello is a fascinating read because of this, how Shakespeare could have understood racism as he does in his age is beyond the imagination. Also, the crudeness of the character of Iago, and the pathetic Roderigo in some parts is enough to make the censors go wild, along with its political incorrectness, is great! And all in the name of education and culture.
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Really nice font, easy to read, but bad spacing, I need to write notes on the side to translate the language but have to write very limited writing so would take that in mind, not for learning as you can't write in the sides, nor any note sections to write in. Plus, if your a student and have trouble understanding Shakespeare go on spark notes.com REALLY helpful!
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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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