"O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on." -Iago
"Have you ever sat through a show, movie, or play that was intensely disturbing to watch? Othello is one such work... Why should we put ourselves through such an experience? Is there any redeeming value to be had in watching the inevitably tragic events unfold?" -From Stephen Rippon's Introduction
Othello is such a competent man, it’s shocking how quickly the good things in his life fall apart. The beautiful Desdemona falls in love with him—but her father is furious to the point of murder that she has eloped with a Moor. Othello proudly promotes Cassio, a young soldier of his—but Cassio’s fellow officer Iago is poisonously envious of the favor. And Iago doesn’t just want Cassio’s demotion. He works to turn the lives of Othello and Cassio and Desdemona into smoking ruins.
Examining themes of violence, racism, and faithfulness, this excruciating Canon Classic tells of a despicable man tearing apart two true lovers, and himself in the process. The Canon Classics series presents the most definitive works of Western literature in a colorful, well-crafted, and affordable way. Unlike many other thrift editions, our classics are printed on thicker text stock, are bound with distinctive felt paperback covers, and feature individualized designs that prioritize readability by means of proper margins, leading, characters per line, font, trim size, etc. Each book’s materials and layout combine to make the classics a simple and striking addition to classrooms and homes, ideal for introducing the best of literary culture and human experience to the next generation.
This Worldview Edition features an introduction divided into sections on The World Around, About the Author, What Other Notables Said, Setting, Characters, & Plot Summary, Worldview Analysis, and 21 Discussion Questions & Answers.