Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Classics Club: 3 Othello

Still on my Shakespeare kick and this tragedy is powerful. Manipulated by the vengeful Iago, proud Othello is driven to despair by the idea that his new wife Desdemona has been unfaithful to him. I've never seen it performed but his anguish was palpable, practically jumping off the pages in many scenes. Even though Othello wanted to trust his wife, he trusted Iago more. Seeming to have no positive ways to handle the jealousy that consumed him he was driven first to murder,  then (coming to his senses and being battered by grief, remorse, and a realisation of what his future held) to suicide.

A salutary lesson of the dangers of seeking revenge and letting jealousy consume you. Plus it was one of the earliest plays to deal with race and racism, themes all too relevant today. Highly recommended.

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