What a fantastically horrible play! First time of reading this, again for my Shakespeare and His World course, and once more I found myself drawn into the world of The Bard with the Machiavellian Iago, the conflicted Othello, the noble Cassio, the doomed yet faithful Desdemona and the rest of his wonderful creations. Inevitably spent a lot of time thinking about the contrast between the western Iago and the Moor Othello. Perhaps Othello was seen as the barbaric foreigner, but although his brutal side is brought out by the end of the play, it is the local Iago, one of us, that is the true beast of the plot – a bit like the question of who is the true monster in Frankenstein, the Professor or his creation. I am sure this has much to say to our current debates about multiculturalism and immigration. Of all the plays so far this was one of the most straightforward to read. Definitely recommended.