History Headscratchers / Othello

6th May '17 3:45:57 PM Dragon101
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** Well, in the original story by Cinthio, "The Ensign" lusted after Desdemona, so it might be interesting that Iago and Desdemona are closer in age to each other as is Othello to Emilia, especially when one considers that Iago at one point suspects that Othello slept with Emilia himself. Maybe he's just as lethally insecure about his own marriage as Othello his?
** Also kind of hilarious if it has precedent in the original casting, because Shakespeare ''himself'' was married to a much older woman- maybe Iago is a really dark and unhinged AuthorAvatar escapist villain?
16th Mar '17 1:04:42 AM perfectpieces
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* Why is Emilia almost always played by a significantly older woman? I've always found it kind of odd if Iago is supposed to be 28-years-old, his wife would be in her late thirties or even early forties. A couple of years older isn't much, and I understand that she is supposed to be OlderAndWiser, but is there any specific reason for her to be so much older than Iago in the first place?
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.
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