CliffsNotes on Shakespeare's Othello

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in the series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

Betrayal and manipulation lie at the heart of Othello. Keep up with all the crosses and double-crosses of this tragic play with the CliffsNotes version of the play, which will help you form your own ...

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Overview

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in the series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

Betrayal and manipulation lie at the heart of Othello. Keep up with all the crosses and double-crosses of this tragic play with the CliffsNotes version of the play, which will help you form your own opinions about Iago's schemes, Othello's motives, and Desdemona's loyalty.

Other features that help you study include

  •  Background information about the life and times of William Shakespeare to help you understand his influences
  • A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
  • Glossaries to help you comprehend Shakespeare’s language
  • Critical essays on the character pairs and major themes of the play
  • A review section that tests your knowledge

Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764585876
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/19/2000
  • Series: Cliffs Notes Series
  • Edition description: 7TH
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 114
  • Sales rank: 473,463
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

GARY CAREY, M.A., was in the publishing profession for over 25 years.

HELEN MCCULLOCH has taught high school English for 18 years.

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Table of Contents

Life and Background of the Author.

Introduction to the Play.

Critical Commentaries.

Act I.

Act II.

Act III.

Act IV.

Act V.

Character Analyses.

Critical Essays.

CliffsNotes Review.

CliffsNotes Resource Center.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2011

    Excellent Support!

    There is a group of us who have been meeting 6 - 7 times a year to read a play by Shakespeare, and we always use CliffsNotes to support, enhance, and clarify our discussions. All of us in the group read a number of Shakespeare's plays in college or in graduate school, and are now experiencing his works again several decades later with the benefit of our own individual life experiences, and without the support and/or limitations of the classroom. We've already read Macbeth and Hamlet, and this year we have chosen to read Othello. The CliffsNotes includes a brief biography of the playwrite, an introduction that provides background information about the play as well as a synopsis and list and brief description of characters, summaries of each act and scene with critical commentaries, and character analyses that we often find clarify questions that arise during our readings. The notes supply us with insights into the various characters and themes that supplement our own interpretations, as well as providing valuable historical background information that enhances our reading and discusssions. Near the end of the Notes, there are character analyses of the major characters that discuss the emotional and psychological traits of each, and provide the members of our group with some very interesting and lively points for discussion and debate. The character analyses are followed by discussions of character pairs, the major themes that recur throughout Othello, and a brief and interesting discussion about Shakespeare's tragedy as a genre. It should be noted that the CliffsNotes absolutely do not replace the reading of the play, but they certainly do provide excellent support for enhancing our understanding and enjoyment of Othello.

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