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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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“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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“Such harmony is in immortal souls,/But whilst this muddy vesture of decay/Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.”

The Merchant of Venice Act Five By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Five:  Returning in triumph to Belmont, the men are met by their wives, who are not all impressed to learn that Bassanio and Graziano have given away their wedding … Continue reading

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“I am glad that Shakespeare made Shylock a Jew.” — W.H. Auden

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Before we move on to Belmont, Act Five, and the absence of Shylock, there’s a little more I’d like to talk about concerning Act Four and…Shylock.  First I’d … Continue reading

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“Which is the merchant here and which the Jew?”

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————————- As much as I appreciate and respect Harold Bloom on all things Shakespearean, I think when it comes to The Merchant of Venice, he is too wrapped up … Continue reading

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“Shed thou no blood, nor cut thou less nor more/But just a pound of flesh.”

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Four:  Although Bassanio has arrived back in Venice and offers to repay Antonio’s debt twice over, Shylock demands nothing less than his full legal rights.  The Duke … Continue reading

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