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“All of them die: the noble ones and the villains; the level-headed ones and the madmen; the empiricists and the absolutists. All choices are bad.”

Othello Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams  ——————– Let’s start by finishing up with Jan Kott: “They talk about her even before she has appeared. They shout that she has run away with a Negro. Her image is already … Continue reading

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“Then must you speak/Of one that loved not wisely but too well/Of one not easily jealous…”

Othello Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams Act Five:  At Iago’s bidding, Roderigo attacks Cassio but only managed to wound him, and in the confusion that follows Iago stabs Roderigo to death. Othello, meanwhile, is about to kill the … Continue reading

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“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!/It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock/The meat it feeds on.”

Othello Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Three:  When Desdemona intervenes on Cassio’s behalf, Iago suggests to Othello that she is doing so for reasons that go beyond mere friendship. Othello is resistant to Iago’s suggestion at … Continue reading

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“Desdemona and Othello, alas, scarcely know each other, and sexually do not know each other at all.”

Othello Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————— To continue on where we left off in my last post with Bloom: “Iago derides Othello’s ‘weak function’; that seems more a hint of Iago’s impotence than of Othello’s, and yet … Continue reading

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“So will I turn her virtue into pitch,/And out of her goodness make the net/That shall enmesh them all.”

Othello Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————— Act Two:  Though battered by storms, the Venetians, led by Othello, arrive safely in Cyprus to the news that the Turkish threat has been eliminated. Roderigo is also on Cyprus, and … Continue reading

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“Othello’s tragedy is precisely that Iago should know him better than the Moor knows himself.”

Othello Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————————— First off – a few interesting points (or at least hopefully so): 1.  What prompted Shakespeare to write Othello?  One intriguing possibility is that the ambassador of the King of Barbary … Continue reading

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“I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.”

Othello Act One By Dennis Abrams ———————————– MAJOR CHARACTERS Othello, a black soldier, the “Moor” of Venice Desdemona, Othello’s new wife Michael Cassio, Othello’s lieutenant Bianca, a courtesan in love with Cassio Iago, Othello’s ensign (a lower-ranking officer) Emilia, Iago’s … Continue reading

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