Shakespeare's work Othello has a plot full of suspense and dramatic irony, with the occasional snippet of verbal humor and ridicule. It is a masterpiece that is charismatic and not easily forgotten. Those who appreciate knowing the mystery and drama unknown to the characters will find this book amazing, right to the very end. Taking place in Venice, Italy, the story revolves around the relationship of a senator's daughter marrying a North African "Moor" general. The jealousy of a rich civilian man, and suspicion of the Moor's crafty flag bearer leads the two to commit unspeakable deeds. As the reader witnesses the puppet master manipulate to take control of the stage and plant the seeds of utter confusion and paranoia, it seems unknown where the story is headed, and where it will end. The pile of misunderstandings ultimately result in tragic events rivaling that of Romeo and Juliet's, the possibly more acclaimed and well-known play of William Shakespeare.
A compelling read, this play is undoubtably a work of creative genius. The poor Moor Othello is driven insane by his evil, so-called 'friend' Iago, who uses a desperate love-sick man and the man he took his job to create imaginary scandals and rouse tensions in the military. His own wife as well as the Moor's wife is used to cause most of the play's drama, confusing the rest of the characters. The schemes unfold before the reader, and so do the suspicious feelings of the main characters; that is, except for Iago. Throughout the story, Othello suffers the weight of many regrets, urges, and internal conflicts. Finally, his feelings compel him to do something horrendous. In the end, the light of truth is revealed. The sinners are punished, yet the innocent are also. This tragedy is a grandiose story of the fall of a good man, caused by the evil desires of other corrupt, yet seemingly honest and kind villains.
This book is highly recommended to a reader who enjoys knowing what goes on, as it is so in the plays of Shakespeare. Though the adult themes and suggestions, (not to mention the script and language) are not for the light-hearted, anything worth doing takes time and careful analysis. But you need not read the original play to enjoy the story, for there are many translations from older English to our modern-day English. With that said, brave readers beware-this story may be heartbreaking. But it is worth it.