Literary Classics are indispensable masterpieces, which help us understand our world irrespective of changing times. Timelessness of such works make them even more relevant for younger minds that are in their formative years. But the children, when they are just brushing their linguistic teeth might find Elizabethan English a little harder to chew and might choose to stay away.
Wisemen Publication’s – Wisemen World Classics is an attempt to befriend your growing child with Great Masters of world literature, retelling their content in contemporary prose with vivid illustrations, while retaining the music of the original work.
About Othello Story.
One of the finest tragedies of world literature, Othello is a product of Shakespeare’s mature period, when he was at his best.
Othello – Shakespeare’s adaptation of the story of “the moor of Venice” is a world famous tragedy of the fall of a great man. But unlike the Italian original Shakespeare’s Othello is basically a good-natured man, well-mannered and not jealous by nature.
It is only when wrought to the extreme that he finally decides to murder Desdmona. The rapid and unified action of the play no only makes it very interesting, but it is also imperative, from the point of view of credibility.
In keeping with the tight scheme of action there are not many characters. Also, there are no kings and princess among the principal characters.
Othello, although a general was basically an ordinary man, who had risen to this status by dint of sheer hard work. In that sense, Othello is one tragedy of Shakespeare, where the audience identifies with the principal characters.
About William Shakespeare – William Shakespeare has ruled the English literature for 400 years. Born on 23 April in 1564 in the village of Stratford-on-Avon as the third child of John Shakespeare, he had to support his family as his father’s business fell apart. While 18, he married Anne Hathaway, a peasant girl, eight years older to him. About 1589, Shakespeare joined a theatre company in London as a general helper but soon started acting and writing plays.
Initially, he worked with other writers, before writing his own plays. Love’s labour lost, Comedy of Errors, Two gentleman of Verona, Romeo & Juliet and many other masterpieces were written during this period.
He got popular very soon. Within 10 years of coming to London, he had become the most famous actor and writer of plays in English. His monetary troubles were gone.
But some personal sorrow seems to have struck him around this time as now he started writing tragedies. He wrote his greatest plays during this time – The Merchant of Venice, as you like it, Twelfth Night, Julius Ceaser, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and King Lear.
He was at the prime of his literary carrier, but it seems that name, fame and money did not interest him any more. In 1597 he bought the finest house in Stratford and in 1611 he left London to settle there, permanently. He died on the anniversary of his birth 23 April 1616.
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