Date of publication: 2017-07-08 20:57
This is the second time that Othello has referred to himself as a crude and unskilled speaker, and yet all evidence points to the falseness of this statement. Meanwhile, the fact that he is older than Desdemona is hardly significant, considering it was common for women to marry older men at the time. The only objective fact that in this speech is that Othello is black however, at no point in the play does Desdemona express even the slightest concern over this fact. On the other had, Othello's experience of racism at the hands of the other characters is frequent and severe. Thus, regardless of what Desdemona thinks, he cannot escape the internalized racist idea that their racial difference makes their marriage unviable.
A courtesan, or prostitute, in Cyprus. Bianca&rsquo s favorite customer is Cassio, who teases her with promises of marriage but laughs at her behind her back.
Other editorial decisions involve choices about whether an unfamiliar word could be understood in light of other writings of the period or whether it should be changed decisions about words that made it into Shakespeare’s text by accident through four hundred years of printings and misprinting and even decisions based on cultural preference and taste. When the Moby™ Text was created, for example, it was deemed “improper” and “indecent” for Miranda to chastise Caliban for having attempted to her. (See The Tempest , : “Abhorred slave,/Which any print of goodness wilt not take,/Being capable of all ill! I pitied thee…”). All Shakespeare editors at the time took the speech away from her and gave it to her father, Prospero.
Thanks to Emilia, Othello has finally discovered Iago's scheme, and after Iago kills Emilia, Othello stabs Iago, wounding him but not killing him. Lodovico, meanwhile, has told Othello that he must accompany him back to Venice and give up his position of general. In response, Othello delivers a speech in which he asks the other characters to describe him in the future as he is and not to exaggerate either his good or bad qualities. He admits that, due to being "perplexed in the extreme," he threw away something more precious than anything else. At the end, he asks that they remember the time he killed a Turk with a sword, and parallels the act by stabbing himself.
Certainly, Othello&rsquo s final speech is not all that one might wish for his claim to be &ldquo one not easily jealous&rdquo is open to question, and his claim that he &ldquo loved not wisely but too well&rdquo seems both an understatement and an exaggeration (. 859, 858 ). Further, Othello&rsquo s invocation of his own military triumphs might be seen as another example of Othello dangerously misordering his priorities. He seems to position his political reputation as his biggest concern, as he did in Act III, scene iii, lines 858&ndash 855 , when, having decided that Desdemona does not love him, he exclaimed, &ldquo Farewell the tranquil mind, farewell content, / Farewell the plumed troop and the big wars / That make ambition virtue.&rdquo
Gray matter contains the brain's processing centers, and white matter creates networks between areas of gray matter. In other words, men's brains have more areas in which to process data, and women's brains have more networks between processing centers. Some researchers believe this supports the common stereotype that men are better at science and math while women are better at language. It appears that men's brains are set up to process concrete data, while women's brains are wired for making connections.
A jealous suitor of Desdemona. rich, and foolish, Roderigo is convinced that if he gives Iago all of his money, Iago will help him win Desdemona&rsquo s hand. Repeatedly frustrated as Othello marries Desdemona and then takes her to Cyprus, Roderigo is ultimately desperate enough to agree to help Iago kill Cassio after Iago points out that Cassio is another potential rival for Desdemona.
The play&rsquo s protagonist and hero. Othello is the highly respected general of the armies of Venice, although he is not a native of Venice but rather a Moor, or North African. He is an eloquent and powerful figure, respected by all those around him. In spite of his elevated status, Othello is nevertheless easy prey to insecurities because of his age, his life as a soldier, and his self-consciousness about being a racial and cultural outsider. He possesses a free and open nature that his ensign Iago exploits to twist Othello&rsquo s love for his wife, Desdemona, into a powerful and destructive jealousy.