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Specimens Of The Table Talk Is A Book On The Great Character Othello

Oct 5th 2015 at 11:36 PM

Othello was a Moorish captain of great courage and will-power. Othello was a great work by a great author Shakespeare. The play is centered on life of Moorish captain. He is brave, daring and God-fearing. A beautiful princess falls in love of Othello and this starts the story.

Readers enjoy the story that shows how a beautiful woman falls in love of a black man after knowing about his courage. Impressed by his victorious expeditions, the woman decides to marry him. There are many ups and downs in the story but what readers like most is the chivalry of the Moorish captain. But reading Othello becomes complete only after going through the Specimens of the Table Talk by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Coleridge himself a great author of his times made a different opinion on Othello. Shakespeare was greatest of all the authors literary world has seen and Coleridge was a fan of Shakespeare. He read Othello but formed a different opinion on the Moorish captain. According to Coleridge, Othello wasn’t Negro as considered by many. Coleridge forms a different opinion as he himself was an author.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge published his views on Othello in 1835. The views are in the form of a simple talk about Othello and the book was titled Specimens of the Table Talk. It seems that the author was simply discussing the great play Othello with fellow authors. Samuel says that Othello was only a Moorish captain and terming him a Negro would be injustice to the character. Coleridge has reasons to believe that Othello was only a Moorish captain.

Is there any need to discuss origin of Othello? What do the book offers to the readers of Othello? Why should a reader worry whether Othello was Negro or Moorish? An average reader could enjoy reading Othello without worrying about origin of the character but Samuel Taylor Coleridge gives a different angle to read the play. You would want to read Othello again after knowing views of Coleridge.

Specimens of the Table Talk is a literary work produced by Coleridge, a noted English poet, literary critic and philosopher. The book throws light on origin of Othello and projects it as Moorish chief. Coleridge was amazed at why readers took Othello as a Negro. The book is available for free reading and the discussion started by Coleridge is still going on. What is your opinion on Othello’s race?

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