As you probably known, students who have enrolled in Humanities are involved in many field trips throughout the school year. And if that field trip is going to a play, before the class goes, we usually do work on the subject of the play. Othello is a great example of this. Before we go to the play, the book on Othello had to be read. The reason for doing this is to give insight into what the play will be about so that you are not watching the play and not knowing what anything is about. Mainly because it is a Shakespeare play, it is very complicated and uses the vernacular from the 16th century and is hard to interpret nowadays. Luckily, when the book was assigned, we were also given a modern day text version. It removes the complex, tricky words from Shakespeare’s version and makes it easier to read as a whole.
Shakespeare’s main intention when writing this was to interact with feelings of characters (mainly Othello), such as jealousy, anger, etc. The book Othello is about Iago’s deceitful and wrongdoing character setting out with a vengeance to destroy the life of Othello. He creates a plan with Roderigo to ruin Othello’s relationship with his wife Desdemona. Iago eventually convinces Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with another officer, Cassio, and Othello is suspicious. As the book progresses, his suspicion grows to jealousy and eventually anger, and sets out to kill Desdemona for the affair that he believes she is having. In the end (spoiler alert) she is murdered by Othello and he then is regretful of his actions, as Othello learns that he was tricked by Iago and eventually kills himself too.
The book was very interesting and well written and I cannot wait to watch the play in which we will be seeing on March 8th.