Othello by William Shakespeare
Another classic tragedy by arguably greatest writer of all time William Shakespeare. Othello is the perfect first book for anyone trying to get into Shakespeare, or for the experienced reader. Othello, the moor of Venice, is in love with Desdemona. The play opens with Iago alerting Desdemona's father that she is missing. They both find that Desdemona and Othello have run away and been married. Shortly after Othello must go into battle against the Turks. Unfortunately, this is not Othello's only problem, he has an enemy, Iago. Iago detests Othello because Othello promoted Micheal Cassio ahead of him. He believes that Cassio is not as important as he and does not deserve the promotion. Iago plans to turn Othello against Desdemona by convincing him she is having an affair. He lays many traps in for Desdemona in order to produce the proof Othello calls for. This revolutionary book offers many different themes for the reader to explore. It discusses racism, love, hate, and faithfulness. I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters. They were complex and each had it's only kind of strange irony. For example Othello suspects Desdemona of having an affair with someone else. He believes she is not the person he married, that she has changed. In reality Othello is the one who has changed. Desdemona still loves him profoundly, the way she always has since the first day. As you can see is book is truly another work of genius, as I believe that all of Shakespeare's plays are.
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