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Othello by William Shakespeare


by William Shakespeare

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This is one Shakespeare play I hadn't read before. The story has interested me since I was a kid and heard it mentioned in the movie Renaissance Man. I saw it performed in Boston, but this was my first experience reading it. I must admit, I pictured Idris Elba as Othello and Tom Hiddleston as Iago. I liked the story a lot--the power hungry conniving bastard who can harm anyone was believable. And the misunderstanding was well set up. But Othello's reaction was WAY overdone. To the extreme. One rumor of his lady visiting another man and he goes freakin' crazy. Whoa. And, true to a Shakespeare tragedy, things do not go well from then on. Not at all. I'm glad I finally earread it. It's definitely not going to be my favorite play, but I did like it... except for the super crazy parts. Those made me angry and anxious.

I also rewarched this Sassy Gay Friend episode after reading the play and laughed even more now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKttq6EUqbE ( )
  katekintail | Mar 12, 2016 |
Oh how I hate this play! Desdemona is frustratingly naive, but Othello is driven mad with jealous ridiculously easily. The only character I like is Emilia. But it's a dense, rich play, and the right production can make me believe in it. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
I love the rap of this! look it up on YouTube! ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
One of my personal favorites. All the drama, the schemes created by Iago are so devilish... A masterpiece!!! ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
I don't think I could hate Iago any harder! That is all. ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
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Shakespeare, Williamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Appelbaum, StanleyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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First words
Never tell me; I take it much unkindly
That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse
As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.
Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations strong
As proofs of holy writ;
O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger;
But O, what damned minutes tells he o'er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!
Not poppy, nor mandragora,
Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world,
Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep
Which thou owedst yesterday.
is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit
and lost without deserving.
Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him
And makes me poor indeed.
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This work is for the COMPLETE Othello only. Do not combine abridgements, adaptations (graphic or otherwise), modernizations and simplifications (such as "Shakespeare Made Easy"), Cliffs Notes or similar study guides, or videorecordings of performances with this work. Please separate any that you find here.

As should go without saying, please also do not combine this with any other play or combination of plays.
Norton Critical Editions contain a sigificant amount of commentary and additional material along with the core text, thus, they are considered separate works. Please do not combine with the play.
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[R.L. 8.4]
One of the most often staged of all of Shakespeare's plays, this is a tale of love and betrayal, secrets, passions, and intrigue. Psychology and wit pit strength and virtue against jealousy and evil agendas. The results leave no winners, only tragedy.
Haiku summary
Self-hating black man
Goes medieval on blonde wife
OJ's fav'rite book?

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743477553, Mass Market Paperback)

Each edition includes:

• Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

• Scene-by-scene plot summaries

• A key to famous lines and phrases

• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

• An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

Essay by Susan Snyder

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

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Folger Shakespeare Library is the world's leading center for Shakespeare studies. Each edition includes: freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play; full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play; scene-by-scene plot summaries; a key to famous lines and phrases; an introduction to reading Shakespeare's language; an essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play; illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books. Essay by Susan Snyder. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs.… (more)

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