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Othello by William Shakespeare
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it was amazing

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 Christian, fighting for Europeans, against his former friends, marrying a gorgeous, gentle, young , very sheltered, naive woman, their elopement crushed the spirits of her father, Brabantio, an influential Senator, in the mighty Venetian Republic... Assigned by the Duke, (Doge) to lead in the defense of their important colony, of Cyprus , against the Ottoman Empire's vast , invading fleet, he unwisely takes his new bride, Desdemona, with him. Luckily a boiling sea storm, who's gigantic waves rise, then fall, pulverize the Turkish ships, wrecks spewed over and under the Mediterranean Sea's floor, only a few escape the carnage. Othello's own greatly damaged craft, somehow, stays above the foaming water, and limps into a safe harbor , on the mountainous island, a miracle. Nevertheless the crisis seemingly solved, but not for Othello...it has just begun, for the much too trusting general, has an officer, honest Iago, ( his wife Emilia, is a loyal servant of Desdemona) starting to whisper in his ear, that all is not well in his marriage. That the loving, innocent appearing woman, is not so...he has been betrayed by her with another man, his buddy, Michael Cassio, the second -in -command, in the army, better looking and younger than the Moor. Can this be true ? Disbelief becomes belief, why would the good Iago, lie...Desdemona, his pride, and salvation, maybe is false... The calm, unfazed , in bloody battle, Othello, becomes agitated, seething in uncontrollable rage, his whole body enveloped with it, his one idea, to seek sweet revenge, only by this, can he be satisfied, nothing else matters, yet his career will end, but that is not important now, he must do what his honor demands, less is not acceptable for a respectable man... A magnificent play , that encompasses the thin line between love and hate, animosity, racial hatred, jealousy, suspicion, believing in the evil, not the goodness of the erratic world, everything's an illusion, nobody is what they seem, deception engulfs all...but are these things the whole story... A virtuoso work by an incomparable master...
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January 3, 2013 – Shelved
December 15, 2016 – Started Reading
December 15, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
December 21, 2016 – Finished Reading

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Dolors Oh Henry, what a gift, to start my day with a review on Othello... I was surprised to detect some Othello-dynamics in The Winter's Tale between Leontes and Herminone.

message 2: by Henry (last edited Dec 22, 2016 02:16AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Henry Avila I need to read that too, have just one unread play by Billy Shakes left, Romeo and Juliet, will be my 14th,have been saving that, his most popular play. for last, (until I buy another one)...Dolors.

Emma One of my favourites, Henry.

Henry Avila Yes a great play ! BITTERSWEET , in the extreme ...

Ellie Dolors wrote: "Oh Henry, what a gift, to start my day with a review on Othello... I was surprised to detect some Othello-dynamics in The Winter's Tale between Leontes and Herminone."

Such an interesting comment-I must reread The Winter's Tale with that in mind. Thank you.

Ellie Another great review, Henry. I love this play as well. So tragic.

Henry Avila I agree, it is a very though provoking play, rather heart-wrenching, Ellie, thank you as always....

message 8: by Lynne (last edited Dec 28, 2016 02:05AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lynne King Well I have to say Henry that is a rather splendid fast moving and exciting review. I loved it! But then I was so taken with this work by Shakespeare. I'm surprised though that I only gave it a four star rating.

Henry Avila THE END, will cause some people to downgrade, but it's greatness can't be denied, Lynne, thanks again,my friend.

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