World Book Day & Remembering Shakespeare

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

Happy World Book Day guys ❤

In this digitally enslaved world, we have lost many of our readers to the technology. Almost everybody prefers to read online or watch movies instead of putting even a little effort in buying & reading a book. So, taking the advantage of this blog; a global platform, I would really want to appeal to people to buy tangible books and read as much as they can. Books are really magical. If, you are a non-reader then please take a pledge this day to read at least 1 book in your free time. Books carry the power to transport you to a land full of bliss. Trust me, once you will read a book, you will get addicted to reading. By buying books, one not only gets the opportunity to submerge her/himself in the ocean of words but also it’s a great way to encourage aspiring writers. So, buy more & more books and allow your life to be changed drastically. Once a reader, always a reader ❤ 🙂

Also, today is the death anniversary of the evergreen William Shakespeare. I would just want to quote one of my favorite Shakespearean quotes –

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

P.S. – Thank you for such a heart warming response for our previous post about guest post writing. We have received and are still receiving huge amount of mails for guest posting. So, I hope, I’d be able to schedule as many guest posts as possible 🙂

Othello by William Shakespeare

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Othello has earned the title of being – One of the most remarkable tragedies by Shakespeare.

It is a domestic tragedy of Elizabethan times, in which the character of a higher stature suffers a great downfall due to the Hamartia (defect/flaw), according to Aristotle, present in his character.

Well, this tragedy not only portrays the hamartia, present in the character of Othello (the black Moore of the Venice & the play’s hero) which eventually led to his downfall, but also the racial connotations are very much evident in the play. The play also contains the most celebrated villain of all the Shakespearean plays, i.e, Iago (villainous villains of all the times).

The plot of the play goes like this- Othello, being the black Moore, casts Cassio as his lieutenant instead of Iago, thus leading to the jealousy in the mind of Iago. Iago, in his jealousy and hatred for Othello, contrives a plot of revenge through injecting venom in Othello’s personal life. Othello has eloped with Desdemona, without taking permission from her father, Brabantio.

Thus, Iago, sows the seeds of jealousy in Othello’s mind by giving him false information about the illegitimate affair of Desdemona with Cassio. Now, Othello’s hamartia is his “gullibility”, which leads him to trust the accusations by Iago and ultimately brings about his downfall by killing Desdemona as well as himself.

Thus, the play arises the question of White (Iago) being the new black (maliciousness). And it is actually very sad to witness, that Othello trusts Iago blindly and do not even gives his wife a single chance to defend herself. Another question which arises is of, God being on the side of Iago. It seems like Iago’s every evil step is supported and whatever + however he wants to execute his plans, it happens, without any problems.

When I finished reading this play, I was so disappointed with the portrayal of helpless Desdemona and gullible, mindless Othello, who did not even tried to give Desdemona a chance to defend her innocence.

Anyways, read this play in order to get familiar with the writing style of the Great Shakespeare as well as to read beneath the lines.

You can even watch this play here-

And yes, do not forget to share what you think about the characters and the plot!

Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare

12thnightIt’s a brilliant romantic-comic-tragic play, by the greatest play-writer in literature, William Shakespeare. It was his last of comedies. The play is about role-playing, crisscrossing gender roles, breaking gender norms and a lot of confusion.

The profundity of every line, Feste, the jester’s, dialogues and Shakespeare’s connoisseur writing skills just adds beauty to the whole play. Shakespeare has brilliantly used the “Fool” of the play, to show mirror to the society of the realities and has given him full agency to connect with the middle-class audience of that time, reflecting the harsh treatment that was used towards the “not-so-rich” people.

“Twelfth Night” literally means the night of January 6, a night of revelry and misrule. The play opens up with Viola getting shipwrecked and losing her twin brother Sebastian. Simultaneously, we see Orsino, a pining lover of Olivia, the countess, desiring for her love. Olivia has forbidden any men to come to her and ask for marriage, as she too has recently suffered a loss of her father and brother, so, she demands no presence of men anymore. Viola takes up the role of the eunuch and starts working in Orsino’s court as a page boy, but under those male clothes, her feminine heat falls for Orsino.

But, for the sake of Orsino’s love for Olivia, Viola goes to Olivia to convey Orsino’s love message to Olivia and Olivia falls for the male Viola that is Cesario. The role-plays create chaos until Viola’s real brother Sebastian arrives, marrying Olivia and restore the society’s structure.

The role of Feste, the fool is very important and it is seen that he is the only one wise and intellectual than the other characters, who become utterly foolish in love. Other comic characters include- Sir Toby (Olivia’s Uncle), Sir Andrew, Maria (housemaid) and Malvolia (a servant).

Malvolia depicts the higher ambitions of low-class people, who are not treated justifiably by the upper-class people.

The play is very complicated as, it operates on different levels and point of views. But, of course, is a beautiful piece by Shakespeare and deals with a very bold and sensitive issue of gender-roles, beneath it’s surface.

Literature lovers, do get a copy of it!!

You can also watch the play at- 

 

My 10 Favorite Quotes By Shakespeare!!

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – (Romeo and Juliet)

“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast” – (Romeo and Juliet)

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?” – (The Merchant of Venice)

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt” – (Measure for Measure)

“The better part of valour is discretion” – (King Henry IV, Part I)

“Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; The thief doth fear each bush an officer” – (King Henry IV, Part III)

“Better a witty fool, than a foolish witt” – (Twelfth Night)

“The common curse of mankind, – folly and ignorance” – (Troilus and Cressida)
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair” – (Macbeth)

“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!” – (King Lear)