A Further Study of the Othello; Have We Misunderstood Shakespeare's Moor?

A Further Study of the Othello; Have We Misunderstood Shakespeare's Moor?

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...greatest abuse," which has led and almost compelled Othello to form one of the foulest of opinions.-There is but one remedy--to show Othello there is no possible favor that will not be granted to him. I follow the first quarto instead of the folio and nearly all modern editions, which have " least misuse." Mournful it is to know that, as Desdemona directs her bed to 'be prepared for an appalling sacrifice, Othello has already determined to make that same bed a death scene. It is plain that the term " small'st," as passed heretofore by all editors, is a misprint for " foul'st," as the substitution would be an easy one to make. I should warn youthful readers not familiar with the records of Shakes pearean commentary that this change in the text is original, not previously advanced, and not authoritative. It remains to be seen whether the authorities will accept a view so contrary to what they have held. Desdemona's soliloquy, as they have explained it heretofore, is an absurdity. Clark, for instance, says the meaning is, " How can I have behaved, that even my least misconduct should have subjected me to the smallest misconstruction on his part?" As if this angel of modesty and self-sacrifice would plume herself with the claim that even the smallest criticism could not be made of her smallest error! That would make Desdemona unnaturally and absurdly self-complacent. In truth, the last thing Dedesmona would do would be to accuse Othello, and here as elsewhere she struggles to fasten the blame upon herself. Des. He says he will return incontinent: He hath commanded me to go to bed, And bade me to dismiss you. Emil. Dismiss me! Du. It was his bidding: therefore, good...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236830385
  • 9781236830388