The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

With New and Updated Critical Essays and A Revised Bibliography

Book - 1998
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The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's Othello , a disturbing exploration of jealousy and wrath.

Tragedy takes hold as the cunning and hateful Iago drives the heroic Moor of Venice first to suspicion, then to homicidal rage against his love Desdemona, in one of the Bard's darkest plays.

This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:

* An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
* A special introduction to the play by the editor, Alvin Kernan
* Selections from Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi , the source from which Shakespeare drived Othello
* Dramatic criticism from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Maynard Mack, and others
* A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
* Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
* And more...
Publisher: New York : Penguin Putnam, 1998
Edition: 2nd rev. ed. --
ISBN: 9780451526854
0451526856
Branch Call Number: 822.33/T7 4565 2
Additional Contributors: Kernan, Alvin B.
Alternative Title: Othello

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Waldenpond2
Jun 02, 2016

Othello features Shakespeare's finest villain Iago. I'd be interested in a student's interpretation of his mental state, insecurities, narcissistic and entitled tendencies, etc. Does Othello truly love Desdemona? If so, how does his love for her change on a dime on nothing more than a second-rate, B-class soldier's say-so?!

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kierre2
Aug 05, 2015

Great inspiring work from Shakespeare.

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Nymeria23
Oct 12, 2014

It felt like a 17th century (?) soap opera, full of deception, lies, misunderstandings and death. I felt like it was better than Romeo and Juliet, though it still took some motivation to read

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certifiedorganic
Mar 02, 2014

I love all things shakespear , even though I am only 12 , I have read many , and each has its jems. READ THIS.

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LTHL
Oct 25, 2010

This is a great book for understanding Shakespeare plays. If I didn't have this book, I would totally be lost and be clueless about what the play was about. The translation is very clear and understandable.

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thoseunknownwinds
Jul 21, 2016

IAGO: "When devils will the blackest sins put on / They do suggest at first with heavenly shows / As I do now. For whiles this honest fool / Plies Desdemona to repair his fortune / And she for him pleads strongly to the Moor, / I’ll pour this pestilence into his ear: / That she repeals him for her body’s lust. / And by how much she strives to do him good, / She shall undo her credit with the Moor. / So will I turn her virtue into pitch, / And out of her own goodness make the net / That shall enmesh them all." (2.3.371-382)

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thoseunknownwinds
Jul 21, 2016

IAGO: "If consequence do but approve my dream, / My boat sails freely both with wind and stream." (2.3.65-66)

SERIAH BRITTANY M SARGENTON Sep 26, 2012

you come carfully upon your hour(1.1.6)

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ladytigressa
Jun 13, 2008

O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.

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Mar 02, 2014

certifiedorganic thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

SERIAH BRITTANY M SARGENTON Sep 26, 2012

SERIAH BRITTANY M SARGENTON thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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SERIAH BRITTANY M SARGENTON Sep 26, 2012

After figuring out that king claudius killed his father, Hamlet becomes mad and plots revenge. Meanwhile everyone thinks that he has become mad over ophelia but thats not the case.

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