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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  282,429 ratings  ·  5,385 reviews
"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Penguin Classics (first published 1603)
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Georgia Yes, Shakespeare plays on the idea of masculinity in the 17th Century and the insecurity of men. Everything about a man's pride and "social standing"…moreYes, Shakespeare plays on the idea of masculinity in the 17th Century and the insecurity of men. Everything about a man's pride and "social standing" was based on what they OWNED; including women which is addressed in act 1 when Iago says "look to your house, your daughter and your bags"- women/daughters being associated with property . The idea of Othello allegedly sleeping with his wife hits a wrong chord with Iago because a black man in a white dominated society is above him in office and has also "stolen his property". HOWEVER, there are so many creative ways you could interpret Iago as a character and why he does what he does. It is perfectly reasonable to associate Iago with psychopathic tendencies for example. The idea I like to go with is the portrayal and the clever imagery Shakespeare uses to present Iago as the devil; notice when he says "I am not what I am" it suggests he is the devil disguised as a human. He is ironically called "Honest Iago". It is completely plausible to interpret this idea, as the devil is known to initiate mayhem. This theory is resonated in the story of Adam and Eve, when Eve is tempted by the snake (devil) and we as the human race have to live a life of sin as a consequence. THIS, I think most importantly underlines and concludes the whole play on the question Shakespeare is addressing about how we react as human beings and do we have natural self-distruction tendencies?
Iago is very complex but one of the most interesting of Shakespeare's characters. His revenge could simply be about jealousy we will never know however, Shakespeare was a smart man and the connotations with Iago's revenge representing a much bigger meaning could not be coincidental.

Sorry that was long but I felt like this play needs a lot more recognition than it gets :)(less)
Bethel Philip The most tragic is "Othello". In the play "Romeo and Juliet" they both died for love and trust. But in the case of Othello, he killed Desdemona out…more The most tragic is "Othello". In the play "Romeo and Juliet" they both died for love and trust. But in the case of Othello, he killed Desdemona out of jealousy of love, which Lago brainwashed him (that his wife has been unfaithful to him, which was all a lie).
When he found out the truth, at the end he stabbed Lago, who stabbed his wife for saying the truth.
Before he killed himself he pointed out some facts like:
"Describe me
as someone who loved too much, but wasn't wise about it. I was not easily made jealous, but once I was tricked and manipulated, I worked myself into frenzy. Describe me as a fool who threw away pearl with his own hands, like a silly Indian who didn't know what it worth. As someone who washed not emotional, but who cried alot". after these raw sayings he stabbed himself to death.(less)

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Madeline
May 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Othello, abridged:

OTHELLO: I love my wife!

IAGO: She gave Cassio her handkerchief.

OTHELLO: OMG THAT CHEATING WHORE!

DESDEMONA: Hi honey!

OTHELLO: I KEEL YOU!

DESDEMONA: *dies*

EMILIA: Dude, what is WRONG with you?

OTHELLO: Huh?

IAGO: Yeah, I totally made that whole wife-is-cheating-on-you thing up. PUNK'D!

OTHELLO: OMG I KILLED MY WIFE FOR NO REASON! I KEEL MYSELF!

and...scene.
Bill  Kerwin
May 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 16th-17th-c-brit

I have always admired this play as Shakespeare's most theatrical tragedy, but I also feel that it often veers too close to melodrama. Shaw remarked that Othello is written "in the style of Italian opera," and it shares with Verdi and Donizetti the same big emotions, the same clear demarcation of good and evil, that give Lucia and Trovatore their emotional intensity--and their lack of essential seriousness too. During this reading, however, I began to realize that Othello is much more than the gr
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Agir(آگِر)
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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اتللو را هركسي خوانده باشد تا ابد فراموش نمي كند
علتش هم روي دادن حوادث ناگوار براي كسي است كه به دست خويش خوشبختي اش را نابود مي كند
این یکی از بهترین نمایشنامه هایی بود که از شکسپیر خواندم و حالا می خواهم به این نکته بپردازم که چرا شکسپیر یک نابغه است

:شکسپیر و روان درمانی

چند سال یپش در روزنامه ی جام جم خواندم که محققان خارجی به نتایج جالبی در مورد تاثیر سه نمایشنامه از شکسپیر بر بيماران رواني رسیده اند که با خواندن آن اثرات مثبتی در مغز آنان ایجاد می گردد
.و اتللو یکی از سه نمایشنامه بود

برای درک
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Henry Avila
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jealousy, "The green -ey'd monster," that is what the wise Shakespeare wrote...Othello loved his wife, Desdemona, too much so, nothing could continue that fever, emotions lessen over time....The mighty general was a very capable soldier of Venice, commanding respect on the battlefield, he could do no wrong, brave, ferocious, dynamic, his sword deadly, still life is more complicated than just war, though, the Moor was a fish out of water, in a quite different, and strange culture, becoming a Chri ...more
Nayra.Hassan
عندما نقابل الحسد و المكائد بالغباء..اذن فنحن نستحق كل ما سيقع على رؤسنا من مصائب
عطيل قائد حربي بدوي مغربي نزح إلى البندقية. .وقع في حب ديدمونةالشابة الإيطالية الجميلة..بادلته حبه بحب اكبر


تزوجا..
و لكن هل هناك من سيصدق أنهما عاشا طويلا في تبات و نبات؟. .لا طبعا فنحن مع شكسبير هنا

يحسدهما ياجو الخبيث صديق عطيل ..و بمكيدة خسيسة ينجح سريعا في إلقاء بذور الشك في نفس الطرف الأضعف..عطيل!!


..وفي مشهد تراجيدي لن ينساه أحد..يستمع عطيل لصوته. .و صوته فقط..و بيديه يخنق حبيبته و زوجته الطاهرة..التي لم يصدق يو
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Lisa
“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on."

This famous quote made my 14-year-old son, reading Othello for the first time (it was his first Shakespeare ever), come into my room to complain. He was deeply frustrated with the sweet tongue of the evil Iago, speaking in one way and acting in another, spreading fake news and rumours while pretending to be supportive and unselfish.

"Iago is even worse than Uriah Heep", he said, referring to a con
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Renato Magalhães Rocha
Not trying to upset Proust or Joyce, but these days, it's Shakespeare who's been taking me to bed every night. He's become part of my daily routine and his are my last conscious thoughts before departing to dreamland. Granted, it could be another playwriter or even a regular book. All I need really are small chapters that I can finish quickly when slumber's tentacles start to wrap my body and their calming effects slowly soothe my mind. But it's been Shakespeare... and any insomniac who's recent ...more
Ayne Ray
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hands down the worst pillow fight in history.
Joshua Parkinson
Will you, I pray, demand that demi-devil
Why he hath thus ensnared my soul and body?
-Othello, end of Act V

When I was about 9 years old, I put a healthy, live mouse into my parents' microwave oven. It was a summer day and I was all alone. I had this devilish feeling inside me. I knew it was wrong, but I had to do it. I grabbed a kitchen chair, dragged it across the floor, stood on it, opened the door, and threw the mouse in. Then I hit start.

At first it was no big deal. The light turned on inside,
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Othello = The Tragedy of Othello, William Shakespeare
Othello (The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603. It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro ("A Moorish Captain") by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. The story revolves around its two central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army and his unfaithful ensign, Iago. Given its varied and enduring themes of racism, love, jea
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Mohammed-Makram
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature

كيف كتبها شكسبير قبل أربعة قرون؟!
من أين أتى بتلك الحبكة الدرامية و هذا الحوار و النضج الفني للعمل المسرحي؟!
عمل فني ممتع اقتُبست منه مئات الأعمال بعد ذلك و لا أبالغ إن قلت آلاف الأعمال الفنية من مقطوعات موسيقية إلى لوحات و أغاني و أفلام و مسرحيات و أعمال تلفزيونية و غيرها.
عطيل ذلك البطل الساذج العاشق لديزدمونه أو ديدمونه سليلة الحسب و النسب و هو المغربي أسود البشرة إلا أن بطولاته شفعت له ليكون قائد البندقية و فارسها و المدافع عنها ضد العثمانيين.
يحقد عليه حامل رايته إياجو لاختياره كاسيو نائبا له ب
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Dolors
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Words make a difference
“The trust, the office I do hold of you
Not only take away, but let your sentence
Even fall upon my life.”
Act I, Scene 3.

This is the Othello the reader meets at the beginning of this tragedy. The Renaissance ideal, an archetypal hero, sure of himself, valiant and honorable, in complete self-control when falsely accused of forcing fair Desdemona, the daughter of a nobleman, to marry him. When confronted by the Duke, his defense plea shines with splendid poetry, calm dignity and the voice of reaso
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James
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4+ of 5 stars to Othello, a tragic play written in 1603, by William Shakespeare. When it comes to writing a thorough review about this Shakespearean work of art, it could take weeks and days to craft perfection; however, I've already stumbled upon a few across Goodreads, and the world doesn't need another interpretation by a middle-aged white guy. Nor does it need my opinion about what this says of a person's ethnic background, skin color or personality traits. But what the world
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice, William Shakespeare
Othello (The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603. It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro (A Moorish Captain) by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. The story revolves around its two central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army and his unfaithful ensign, Iago. Given its varied and enduring themes of racism, l
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David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
I’ve always believed that Iago is one of the greatest literary villains ever! A nemesis who was so twisted by hate and even acknowledged that he had no good reason for wanting to destroy the hero. Iago is the archetype for so many modern villains.

Whenever I reread “Othello”, I picture a cinematic version where Denzel Washington plays Othello, Cate Blanchett plays Desdemona, and Tim Roth plays Iago…the movie wouldn’t even have to be titled “William Shakespeare’s Othello”, it could simply be named
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
*Reread for class January 2016*
This is the first Shakespeare play I read on my own and rereading it and studying it in class is giving me a whole new perspective on it which makes me love it even more!
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
Here's my thing:

Who am I supposed to root for?

description

Othello? Who doesn't seem to know how to communicate with anyone? He gets so jealous and infuriated by conjecture about his wife (of less than a week, I believe) that he has a seizure. Then proceeds to treat said wife absolutely horribly?

Desmonda? In her first speech, she defends her marriage to Othello then does nothing else. She seemed constantly determined to please everyone. Joking with Iago, defending Cassio, repeatedly proclaiming her love for
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Duane
I have now read Shakespeare's Sonnets and 9 of his 38 plays, mostly the better known ones, slowly working my way through his canon. Othello was, compared to some of the others, an easy read. The themes running through the play are familiar ones with jealously being primary. But interracial prejudice and racism is what sets this play apart from the others, and probably defines it for most modern day readers.
Edward
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
General Introduction
The Chronology of Shakespeare's Works
Introduction, by Tom McAlindon
The Play in Performance
Further Reading


--The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

An Account of the Text
The Songs
Commentary
Darwin8u
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, shakespeare, drama
“Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.”
― William Shakespeare, Othello

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Othello is one of my favorite of Shakespeare's plays. I'm all about the villians, and damn, Iago isn't JUST a nearly perfect villian, but carries away almost 1/3 the lines in this play. He owns the stage. It is like Shakespeare scraped every rotten grain off the soiled shoe of humanity and mixed it with beautiful prose. Iago isn't a monster because he is fore
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Alex
The thing with Othello is that he's a fuckin’ idiot and he sucks. There's this towering scene, Act 3 scene 3, it’s the centerpiece of the play. Iago's convincing him that his wife Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio, and he has this whole complicated plan worked out involving handkerchiefs and innuendo, but he needs none of it: at the first drop of poison in his ear, Othello's like,

"Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore.
Be sure of it, give me the ocular proof."

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Manny
Over breakfast this morning, Not and I invented a new game. It's called Insensitive!™ and the rules are very simple: in twenty-five words or less, write a summary of a book, movie or play that offends as many socio-economic groups as possible. My first entry is below. Not will be posting hers in due course.
Othello

Italian bitch with learning disability and daddy issues gets involved with mentally unstable armed forces type and becomes another victim of black-on-white domestic violence.
(24 words.
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Khush
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition




Great works survive because they remain relevant and timeless. They deal with those fundamental aspects of human life that do not change.

'Othello' is one such work. In jealousy, Othello, the protagonist, kills his innocent wife, Desdemona. Iago, his crooked subordinate, poisons Othello's mind. Gripped by jealousy and suspicion, Othello eventually strangles Desdemona.

It is fascinating that right at the beginning of the play, Desdemona's father warns Othello that she will betray him. Othello, on h
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Natalia Yaneva
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Отело“ е черно-бяла трагедия. И то не само защото протагонистът е тъмнокож, а останалите персонажи не са. Всички в пиесата са дамгосани от основната си характеристика и сякаш с нея се изчерпват почти целите – Отело е буен и ревнив, Дездемона е вярна, Яго – завистлив. Шекспир много обича да се заиграва с лудостта в своите творби, а умопомрачението от любов винаги жари най-силно.

В трагедията чудесно е разработен образът на много силен антагонист. Яго, на когото мед му капе от устата, е типичният
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Riku Sayuj
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Riku by: Prof Neerja Pande
I decided to start my mission to read all 38 of The Complete Plays of Shakespeare with Othello. It turned out to be a good decision to start with the New Cambridge edition.

I was considering this reading as an academic reading of the bard and it generally took me almost 3 hours of constant reading to get through one average sized (10-15 pages) scene! Even after reading every scene three times - once aloud and twice normally - I still never felt I had enough of it, and moved on to the next only du
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Dannii Elle
How does one begin to review a play by Shakespeare!? Honestly, I haven't enough words in my vocabulary to do his work justice and find myself repeatedly blown away by both the depth of emotion I experience whilst reading him and overwhelmed at joining the generations whose long-lasting adoration hasn't allowed his name to become relegated to history.

Whilst I have still only read a small selection of his work, I have found that Shakespeare has managed this ageless devotion due to the themes that
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Jill
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Reread for Senior Thesis July 2017: GOD BLESS THIS BOOK *screams*
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LOVED THIS! Probably my second favorite Shakespeare play behind King Lear (:
Araz Goran
ربما من يريد أن يتعرف على عبقرية شكسبير فعليه ان يقرأ هذه المسرحية المأساوية، هي المسرحية هي من اشهر الأعمال التي كتبها شكسبير والتي مازالت خالدة بنصها وعبقريتها وعمق تصويرها الفني والنفسي والشخصيات والدراما الهائلة التي قدمها شكسبير هنا ، في الواقع أنه يقدم عملاً متزناً متكاملاً فيه بعد مأساوي عميق كتلك التي قدمها سوفوكليس في الملك أوديب، هي إمتداد حي وناضج لكل مأساة كتبت ورابط قوي ومتين للأعمال القادمة التي ستكتبها يد المأساة ..


عطيل الشخص الساذج جداً الذي يقع ضحية الغيرة ، يقع ضحية الشك والتسر
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Jason
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, 2014, reviewed
Othello is the weakest of Shakespeare’s four major tragedies. Not only does its body count pale in comparison to that of the others, but also its plot is not nearly as complex, nor its themes as broad. At the heart of Othello lies a false accusation—Othello is duped into believing his woman has been unfaithful to him. Sound familiar? Except that, this being a tragedy, there is no kissing and making up at the end. Acts of suicide and murder instead take their positions of prominence here.

Othello
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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