History Headscratchers / Othello

3rd Jan '17 11:47:23 AM GothicProphet
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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.
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** ''Also'' also he probably still thought he could get away with it. Let's face it, at the time people would still probably be more willing to believe two soldiers, one of whom was a general (albeit a murderous one), over a frankly hysterical woman who was known to have some issues with her husband. Iago's actually not in trouble until Othello brings up the handkerchief and Emilia tells him that she gave it to Iago. That's when he starts taking her word over Iago's. Siding with Othello was definitely his best chance of survival initially.

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** ''Also'' also he probably still thought he could get away with it. Let's face it, at the time people would still probably be more willing to believe two soldiers, one of whom was a general (albeit a murderous one), over a frankly hysterical woman who was known to have some issues with her husband. Iago's actually not in trouble until Othello brings up the handkerchief and Emilia tells him that she gave it to Iago. That's when he starts taking her word over Iago's. Siding with Othello was definitely his best chance of survival initially.initially.
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8th Sep '16 3:14:18 PM momur
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** 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.

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** 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.me.
** ''Also'' also he probably still thought he could get away with it. Let's face it, at the time people would still probably be more willing to believe two soldiers, one of whom was a general (albeit a murderous one), over a frankly hysterical woman who was known to have some issues with her husband. Iago's actually not in trouble until Othello brings up the handkerchief and Emilia tells him that she gave it to Iago. That's when he starts taking her word over Iago's. Siding with Othello was definitely his best chance of survival initially.
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.
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