Books Plays Reviews


December 15, 2017

I love Shakespeare but this wasn't my favourite. I still enjoyed it and thought that the characters were incredibly dynamic but Macbeth still has my heart. There's a lot of political intrigue, which isn't unheard of for Shakespeare...nor is a starcrossed romance. Othello is a POC character often referred to with racial slurs. But then praised for his military prowess. With nothing but his charm he woos the daughter of a noble. At this time interracial marriages are decidedly unheard of but in the end its accepted. 

The entire crux of the plot falls on the shoulders of a character named Iago who makes it his mission to obliterate everything that Othello holds dear. His family, his career and the man himself. It's tense, dramatic and occasionally ludicrous but I liked it. 

If you like family drama as a central plot theme then I highly recommend you give this a go. 


Name: Othello

Author(s): Shakespeare

Publisher: Oxford School Shakespeare

Pages: 174

ISBN: 978-0-19-832873-5

Rating: 3/5

Have you read Othello? 

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    J Hunt
    January 6, 2018 at 7:36 am

    I love this review honestly! The almost ludicrous nature of the play adds to it, for me at least as there’s a sense of “come on?” during the entire play, I just love Shakespeare! If you could spare the time, could you take a gander at my blog, with my latest post being about why Shakespeare should still be taught in schools? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      January 6, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Aw thank you! The sort of thing you sit rolling your eyes at right? Love it.

      Katie x

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