History Headscratchers / Othello

21st Nov '15 12:47:28 PM bstewart2954
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Othello suspects Desdemona of infidelity about four hours after she meets Cassius. I no gets it.

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Othello suspects Desdemona of infidelity about four hours after she meets Cassius.Cassio. I no gets it.
7th Apr '15 10:32:45 AM Vigiles
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** Iago doesn't admit guilt at first. What he tells Emilia is that he told Othello "only what he thought was happening". In this way, he could claim he was innocent of the plots by insinuating that he never actually told Othello that Desdemona cheated with Cassio but only that he ''thought'' Desdemona had cheated.

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** Iago doesn't admit guilt at first. What he tells Emilia is that he told Othello "only what he thought was happening". In this way, he could claim he was innocent of the plots by insinuating that he never actually told Othello that Desdemona cheated with Cassio but only that he ''thought'' Desdemona had cheated.cheated.
** Also if you are in a room with two people, both of which are shouting at you to back up their story, it is good idea to turn on the one that didn't just just murder the last person that crossed them. Seems like the safer play to me.
8th Feb '15 1:14:08 AM roxanne
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*** To be honest, Cassio seems to have everyone snowed, even Iago ('he hath a daily beauty') - his misogynistic streak goes unnoticed in comparison to Othello and Iago, his manners are pretty much sycophancy and flirting, he's a pious snob ('lieutenants before ensigns') and in the end, he's rewarded with another undeserved promotion.
17th Nov '13 4:02:17 PM Shasarazade
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* When Iago enters and is asked by Emilia if he told Othello his wife was false, why does he back up Othello's story, thus basically exposing himself as the real villain? He could have feigned innocence and denied having said anything to Othello. (Sure, he would still have been exposed anyway later on by Rodrigo's letter, but he couldn't have known that.)

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* When Iago enters and is asked by Emilia if he told Othello his wife was false, why does he back up Othello's story, thus basically exposing himself as the real villain? He could have feigned innocence and denied having said anything to Othello. (Sure, he would still have been exposed anyway later on by Rodrigo's letter, but he couldn't have known that.))
** Iago doesn't admit guilt at first. What he tells Emilia is that he told Othello "only what he thought was happening". In this way, he could claim he was innocent of the plots by insinuating that he never actually told Othello that Desdemona cheated with Cassio but only that he ''thought'' Desdemona had cheated.
13th Jan '13 3:05:50 AM redwine
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** And she's doing this ''after'' he just found the hankie in Cassio's room. Face it, poor girl was screwed in every sense of the world.

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** And she's doing this ''after'' he just found the hankie in Cassio's room. Face it, poor girl was screwed in every sense of the world.world.

* When Iago enters and is asked by Emilia if he told Othello his wife was false, why does he back up Othello's story, thus basically exposing himself as the real villain? He could have feigned innocence and denied having said anything to Othello. (Sure, he would still have been exposed anyway later on by Rodrigo's letter, but he couldn't have known that.)
17th Oct '12 3:51:23 PM springminera
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*** Cassio has no field experience but he is a great theorist, which would be useful in the lead-up to battle.
13th May '12 7:47:36 PM Moguie
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** Why? She'd just 'lie' about it anyway. ("She has decieved her father, and may thee.") Also worth noting that he ''does'' ask about the handkerchief when Desdemona is [[DiggingYourselfDeeper trying to get him to reinstate Cassio]]. So yeah.

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** Why? She'd just 'lie' about it anyway. ("She has decieved her father, and may thee.") Also worth noting that he ''does'' ask about the handkerchief when Desdemona is [[DiggingYourselfDeeper trying to get him to reinstate Cassio]]. So yeah.yeah.
** And she's doing this ''after'' he just found the hankie in Cassio's room. Face it, poor girl was screwed in every sense of the world.
17th Apr '12 5:55:12 PM vifetoile
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** To the original poster: Shakespeare sometimes plays havoc with timelines. For example, ''RomeoAndJuliet'' takes place over the course of three days, when the story it was based off of was stretched out over more like three months. There's conflicting evidence as to how much time passes between Othello and Desdemona's wedding, their move to Cyprus, and when Iago starts to put his plot in gear. But most scholars agree that there's meant to be a timeskip of at least a month between one act or another. That or the entire play took place over the course of a weekend.
27th Dec '11 10:45:50 AM Jhimmibhob
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*** Harold Bloom described Iago as a kind of "moral pyromaniac": even before being passed over, he was the sort of fellow who couldn't ''stop'' waging war, who'd rather burn the world down than give an inch. This made him the perfect "ancient," or ensign (you're supposed to die rather than let the general's banner be taken). However, a general and field officer have to know the ''limits'' of war, including when/how to look for and negotiate a peace.
11th Sep '11 1:35:53 PM WarriorEowyn
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** Sure, Shakespeare could have avoided this gaffe by first smothering a woman, then carefully judging her ability to deliver a convincing final address. But you'd probably come up with some silly, carping objection to ''that'', too. Honestly, there's no pleasing some people.

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** Sure, Shakespeare could have avoided this gaffe by first smothering RuleOfDrama. It's a woman, then carefully judging her ability to deliver a convincing play, main characters who die get final address. But you'd probably come up with some silly, carping objection to ''that'', too. Honestly, there's speeches even if it makes no pleasing some people.
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