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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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“The world’s history is just that of spiders and flies.”

Othello Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams For today’s post, we’re going to be looking at Othello from two very different angles – contemporary and old school.  First, from Polish avant-garde activist, critic, and theoretician, from his book Shakespeare … Continue reading

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“Lie with her? Lie on her?”

Othello Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————- Act Four:  Iago continues to fuel Othello’s growing jealousy, to the point where he collapses in a fit.  When he recovers, Iago “arranges” for him to overhear a meeting with Cassio, … Continue reading

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“Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore,/Be sure of it; give me the ocular proof:”

Othello Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————– Othello persuades himself that he is acting rationally by demanding “some proof” of Desdemona’s infidelity, but he fails to take into account Iago’s skill at manipulation – or the mysterious workings … 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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