Books, Read for English Class

Book Review: OTHELLO

In my English class we are currently working with the theme of “power.” To demonstrate the power that some people can have over others, my English teacher had us read Othello. This is the second play by William Shakespeare that I have read (the first being Romeo and Juliet in English class last year) so I have been exposed to the language and the way he writes before. Some people can’t stand the way Shakespeare writes, but I like it- it makes things more interesting. Plus, the edition that I read had definitions of a lot of the odd words, so it wasn’t that hard to read. By the way, I’m warning you right now that there WILL BE SPOILERS in this post… so if that bothers you, read the play first and then come back. Sorry!

I thought that the concept of betrayal in this book was great, only in reality I was a little disappointed. I didn’t really feel satisfied with the ending- for one thing, nothing was really wrapped up. What happened to Bianca? What happened to Othello and Desdemona’s families after they both died? Were they angry? Were they sad? Did they ever meet each other? Was there a funeral? To me it seemed like the play ended really abruptly. Also, while I do feel bad for Desdemona (she really was innocent, after all) isn’t it sort of weird that she had no clue what was going on between Othello, Iago, Cassio, and Roderigo? I know it’s a play and it is supposed to be dramatic and exaggerated for entertainment purposes, but still. I felt as though it was a bit too unrealistic, at least for me.

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) 3 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes, because it is worth reading even though it’s not one of my favorites.




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