About Othello Book
The Othello book is an adaptation from a play, The Tragedy of Othello written by William Shakespeare.
While Shakespeare inspired by Italian short story, Un Capitano Moro by Cinthio to write this story.
The Othello story is about love, competition, jelously, betrayal, revenge, misjudgement, and racism.
The themes that still exist until now.
The centre of this story is Othello an African that succeed to become Venetian general.
He falling love with an Venetian noble daughter, Desdemona and decided to eloped.
A the same time he made decision that dissapointing his best friend, Iago.
Because of fake information by Iago, Othello killed the innocent Desdemona.
Then he noticed about the plot set by Iago.
Regreted to what he did to Desdemona, Othello killed himself.
Why You Should Read Othello?
Everyone that learning English Literature must know William Shakespeare and Othello is his masterpiece. It’s become staple in junior and senior high school.
This story also has adapted into several film, book, graphic novel, opera, painting, sculpture, and even Ballet performances.
If you like true story like me, Othello is the most legendary true story ever wrote.
Cinthio believed wrote this story based on actual incident in Venice at early 16th century.
Othello Important Quotes
For she had eyes and chose me.
I crave fit disposition for my wife.
Men in rage strike those that wish them best.
Due reference of place and exhibition.
The robb’d that smiles, steals something from the thief; He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.
With such accommodation and besort.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
BRABANTIO, thou foul thief, where hast thou stowed my daughter?
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.
Rude am I in my speech, And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace.
Othello Jealousy Quotes
I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains.
With gentle irony, Othello prevents an imminent brawl between his soldiers and Brabantio’s gang.
Men should be what they seem.
She loved me for the dangers I had pass’d, and I loved her that she did pity them, this only is the witchcraft I have used.
Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.
I do perceive here a divided duty.
Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.
The wealthy curled darlings of our nation.
Thou weigh’st thy words before thou givest them breath.
I kissed thee ere I killed thee. No way but this, Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.
Quotes From Othello
Tis within ourselves that we are thus or thus.
The food that to him now is as luscious as locusts, shall be to him shortly as bitter as coloquintida.
If after every tempest come such calms, may the winds blow till they have waken’d death!
Looks like Iago’s master plan may work out after all.
This look of thine will hurl my soul from heaven.
I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking.
Of one that lov’d not wisely but too well.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost without deserving.
O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!
I understand a fury in your words, but not your words.
The Interesting Facts About Othello
When Shakespeare wrote the Tragedy of Othello, there are no English publication of Capitano Moro.
Since Shakespeare couldn’t speak Italian, it is believed that he knows this story from somebody orally.
Before writing Othello, Shakespeare wrote several comedy play.
The transformation from comedy to tragedy in such short time is incredible.
Othello is an African but his race never revealed.
The African here could be interpreted as Arab, black people, berber, or Indian.
There are only several dialogue that said Othello is dark man.
The term dark here could be interpreted to the above races.