Othello pdf Book Overview
Othello pdf or The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1603, and based on the short story Un Capitano Moro (“A Moorish Captain”) by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565.
Othello pdf Book Summary
The book Othello pdf revolves around four central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his beloved wife, Desdemona; his loyal lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted but unfaithful ensign, Iago. Because of its varied and current themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance, Othello is still often performed in professional and community theaters alike and has been the basis for numerous operatic, film, and literary adaptations.
Othello Author – William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare the Author of Othello pdf book, was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s preeminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptized on 26 April 1564. Thought to have been educated at the local grammar school, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he went on to have three children, at the age of eighteen, before moving to London to work in the theater. Two erotic poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were published in 1593 and 1594 and records of his plays begin to appear in 1594 for Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Shakespeare’s tragic period lasted from around 1600 to 1608, during which period he wrote plays including Hamlet and Othello. The first editions of the sonnets were published in 1609 but evidence suggests that Shakespeare had been writing them for years for a private readership.
Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.
Othello pdf Book Characters
- Othello – General in the Venetian military, a noble Moor
- Desdemona – Othello’s wife; daughter of Brabantio
- Iago – Othello’s trusted, but jealous and traitorous ensign
- Cassio – Othello’s loyal and most beloved captain
- Emilia – Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s maidservant
- Bianca – Cassio’s lover
- Brabantio – Venetian senator and Desdemona’s father (can also be called Brabanzio)
- Roderigo – dissolute Venetian, in love with Desdemona
- Duke of Venice
- Gratiano – Brabantio’s brother
- Lodovico – Brabantio’s kinsman and Desdemona’s cousin
- Montano – Othello’s Venetian predecessor in the government of Cyprus
- Clown – servant
- Officers, Gentlemen, Messenger, Herald, Attendants, Musicians
Othello pdf Book Information
The Book Othello pdf by William Shakespeare has the basic information below
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 7, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 114 pages
- ISBN-10 : 150848046X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1508480464
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.26 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #411,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #476 in Shakespeare Dramas & Plays
- #3,846 in Scottish Historical Romance (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars 688 ratings
TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Topical… which is why Shakespeare endures…Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2015
Admittedly, perhaps like most people, I have not read Shakespeare since high school, lo’ those many decades ago. I’ve recently decided to remediate this major deficiency in my reading, and have re-read some of the classics from school, such as Hamlet (Signet Classic Shakespeare) and Macbeth . And it is so much more a pleasure now that a “grade” is not hanging in the balance, with the principle concentration being on figuring out what the teacher wants. For “Othello,” this read was for the first time, and I was impressed how many of the issues which were raised then, reverberate today.
True, Venice is no longer a major world power. But the principle geo-political concern in Othello pdf is the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, an event which reoccurred since my high school days. The political leadership in Venice recruited Othello , a dark-skinned Muslim, to defend their interests in Cyprus, and defeat the Turks. Nature proves to be the best ally of Venice, and a Mediterranean storm sinks most of the Turkish fleet. Thus, there are no scenes of combat. The real combat is much closer to home – as it so often is – and involves those who portray themselves as your friend.
Religion, per se, is not an issue. So, there is no Christian-Muslim conflict portrayed. But skin color is very much an issue. As topical as today’s headlines concerning a white woman passing for black, and being an official in a predominately black organization. Othello marries Desdemona, a white woman. The father, Brabantio, feels betrayed, in part because he did not know his daughter’s plans. He plants a seed in Othello’s mind, that another will nurture, and it will bear awful fruit. Brabantio says: “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see; She has deceived her father, and may thee.” Further, he issues an admonishment: “Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters’ minds.”
The nurturer of this seed is Iago. He is the master villain and manipulator. He is a key component in almost all large organizations. He is the individual who connives to gain your trust, in order to bury the knife in your back. His motivation, in part, as he says: “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe.” I consider Shakespeare’s portrayal of Iago absolutely brilliant. The “dropped handkerchief” is a key tool that Iago deliberately uses to turn Othello first against his lieutenant, Cassio, and then against his wife, the actually faithful, Desdemona.
As in much of Shakespeare, there are the side currents, and the development of subsidiary themes. Certainly there is another key one, the relationship between men and women, and Emilia, wife of Iago, is the spokesperson for some remarkably modern views on the subject; in ways she is a Hedda Gabler, centuries earlier. In her own words: “‘Tis not a year or two shows us a man; They are all but stomachs and we all but food; They eat us hungrily, and when they are full; They belch us.” Later, Emilia delivers a classic soliloquy of the relationship of husbands and wives, in part saying: “Let husbands know Their wives have sense like them: they see and smell and have their palates both for sweet and sour, as husbands have. What is it that they do When they change us for others? Is it sport?… And have not we affections, Desires for sport, and frailty, as men have?”
As in all of Shakespeare, there are numerous other worthwhile quotes, for example from Roderigo: “…for your words and performances are no kin together.” And the master villain himself proclaims: “Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving; you have lost no reputation at all, unless you repute yourself such a loser.” 5-stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Play
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2015
Some readers have a hard time understanding what Shakespeare writes. As for myself I give myself time to get into the story or play because even reading the first ten pages sometimes doesn’t describe his intent or motivation behind the story. I believe he is a great writer of masterpieces created by his vision of opportunity and authenticity.
Othello is a person who is not hard to interrupt. He is a black man and some readers think the issue is racism but that’s not the issue Shakespeare is contending. As you read on you will see that Othello’s flaw is his pride and jealousy. There are several issues acted out throughout the story which keeps the reader focused in many revelations as Othello is manipulated along the way.
Othello, a black general marries Desdemona, a white senator’s daughter who is disturbed by this marriage and thinks his daughter was taken advantage of but his daughter soon tells him she is in love with Othello. So, there is nothing that Senator Brabantio can do about the arrangement and he goes away feeling betrayed.
Than Othello begins to feel he has been cheated out of money and confronts Iago, one of his militant soldier’s and master villain in the story, and Iago weasels is way out of the issue in a cunning way. Othello believes Iago is an honest and trusting friend. However, Iago is a well portrayed villain who lies, and manipulates remarkably throughout this play. Why Othello doesn’t see though this person is unsettling to the audience. As the story goes on Iago gets more devious as each scene moves on. Now his plans are to turn Othello pdf against his wife by planting her handkerchief in another soldier’s room. The person is Lieutenant Cassion another soldier of the militant has no idea what Iago’s evil mind can invoke until later in the play. Cassion does find the handkerchief but has no idea whose it is and why it was in his room. However, Iago who makes his wife steal the handkerchief makes sure Cassion is seen carrying it in his hand for others to see.
Iago goes back to Othello pdf and cleverly starts relaying slowly the infidelity of Othello’s wife which is not true. Little by little he has Othello believing his wife has betrayed him for another man. Othello has an escalated jealousy streak and Iago plays on that flaw. It didn’t take long for Othello to make plans to kill his wife. Could he hurt Desdemona, he hesitates but believes she shall not live. A great tragedy takes place which Shakespeare creates as the ending of his play. I believe Othello was not the main character here, I believe it was Iago……
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2013
I had written before rating the work of Shakespeare, now I will review the format in which it is presented in the Kindle. Ample white spaces, indentation in the first line of each dialogue, lots of space in between the lines, thus it is an easily readable format, non cluttered, and very refreshing to read. You can immerse yourself in continuous hours of reading without any strain to your eyes, or even getting a bit tired by trying to read a cluttered writing. Perfect for my [not so young] eyes.
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