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Re: Adams' Essay on Desdemona
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2088  Tuesday, 14 November 2000.

From:           Christopher Moore <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Nov 2000 11:33:59 -0800
Subject:        Response to Prof. Peterson

Dear Prof.Peterson,

Thank you for your post.  I am sorry that I was too tame in my
condemnation of Adam's view.  I was thinking of it solely from a
performance point of view.  Desdemona as a rebel is more interesting on
a stage than Desdemona as a saint. That is too say the more complicated
the character the more interesting.  Clearly Adams' ideas are not
politically correct, nor were Thomas Jefferson's or many other American
presidents. Clearly Adams moral is racist itself.  What I wish is that
more of our current leaders took an interest in Shakespeare and formed
any opinion on Shakespeare's work.  I am sorry for any offence that was
taken by putting Adam's essay out there.  I feel that Adams is wrong in
his conclusion.  I think Shakespeare would condemn Adams too.  My
Shakespeare would.   Racism is wrong and I will make that more clear in
the introduction to the essay.  I do believe that the tragedy of Othello
is that racism exists, and I am sincere in that.  I thought that those
who read the essay would be able to distinguish between the flaws in
Adams thoughts and appreciate the depth to which he considered the
character...even though his conclusion is wrong.  Lincoln, Washington,
Adams were all versed in Shakespeare.  Sometimes, I wonder if Lincoln
didn't take his ideas for reconstruction from Richmond's speech at the
end of RICHARD III.  It is well documented that Lincoln loved
Shakespeare. At any rate, I will make my own condemnation of Adams
opinion stronger in the opening paragraph.  Perhaps you would help me
form the language that could present the essay in the proper light.  I
understand your feelings and would welcome your help in this matter.
Thank you for your help and response to this.

Christopher Moore

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