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 🙂

My Fav Love Quotes!

“But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”

                                    – By Maria V. Snyder (Poison Study)

        “Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.”

                                                     – By Toni Morrison (Beloved)

“So,” he murmured, grinning as he tilted my chin up, “Before I march off to battle, how ’bout a kiss for luck?”

                                             – By Julie Kagawa (The Iron King)

“Perdition catch my soul,
But I do love thee! and when I love thee not,
Chaos is come again. ”            

                                    – By William Shakespeare (Othello)

“If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.”     

                                       -By William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)

        

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!