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Below is the english essay I wrote on the Shakespeare play Othello, this is one of my better works and I recieved a very high mark for my efforts. Although it does not cover the whole play it does answer the question set and anlayses the play in detail. Everything we need to know about Othello ... Read review

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Community Level 5ukedge87


My english essay on Othello.

AdvantagesGreat ethical quality to it.

DisadvantagesPeople may struggle with its old language.

"...we need to know about Othello can be found in Act 1 Scene 3 by analysing the scene carefully to show how it prepares us for the rest of the play. What issues are raised in this scene? How does Shakespeare make this scene dramatic? Othello is a play written by William Shakespeare that he wrote between the years 1601 and 1605. It was written between his two plays Measure for Measure and Macbeth, which was another tragedy similar to Othello. Because ..." Read review

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Community Level 4Eudora


Better than Romeo and Juliet


Disadvantagesrather gruesome

"...love story Romeo and Juliet, Othello too is one of the playwright’s most popular plays. It was successful when it was first staged during the Renaissance period and remains so today. Based primarily on the universal theme of love, the play focuses the lives of three characters; Othello, Iago and Desdemona. The play progresses rapidly and the action happens in a very short space of time, and maybe this is why it is so easy for us as an audience, ..." Read review

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racism and sexism in othello

Advantagesinteresting, thought provoking

Disadvantagescomplicated language!

"...Brabantio that Desdemona has married Othello and he tries to impose his racist views onto Brabantio by saying, ‘an old black ram is tupping your white ewe’. Iago also describes Othello as a ‘Barbary horse’. Brabantio also shows racist towards Othello but to his face as well as just behind his back. Another character who shows some degree of racism is Emilia, when she finds out that Othello killed Desdemona she is extremely angry and calls Othello ..." Read review

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Community Level 1charlie-cl...


A fool or a tragic hero

AdvantagesWritten by Shakespeare of course!

Disadvantagessome characters are not plausible, Othello looses tragic hero status

"As I am studying Othello for A Level I believe that I can boast an adequate understanding of the play. Written by Shakespeare it is one of the 4 great tragedies and in my opinion, the most exciting and suspense filled. The source comes from a collection of 112 short stories called the Cinthio Gli Hecatommithi written by Cinthio, an Italian writer in the 16th century. Twice as long as Macbeth, Othello boasts a complex but compelling plot and an admirable ..." Read review

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Community Level 3Danielle89


Black and white is not always so simple

AdvantagesA great read with an excellent, enthralling storyline.

DisadvantagesSome of the Shakespearean language may get you a bit confused.

"...will come to that later. Othello is a black outsider to Venice, where the first part of the play is set. He falls in love with a white Venecian who's father disapproves of him. He starts out as a man of great integrity but under Iago's influence, turns into a jealous husband with absolutely no dignity whatsoever. He only returns to his original dignified self at the very end of the play when it is too late to change. Othello is the character who without ..." Read review

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Type Play
Title Othello
Author William Shakespeare
ISBN 0743477553
EAN 9780743477550


Listed on Ciao since 11/07/2000

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