The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1328 Tuesday, 14 May 2002
Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2002 14:04:03 -0400
Subject: Conspicuous Silence
I recently reported on a production of Much Ado, where Hero's
overbearing attitude towards the house staff, including Margaret, seems
to provide a justification for her conspicuous silence during Claudio's
accusation of her. I have certainly seem productions of Othello, where
Emily's conspicuous silence was portrayed as the clear result of Iago's
abuse, but I don't think that is apparent in the text, just a natural
extension of what we know about the characters.
These examples have set me to wondering if these "conspicuous silences"
have any significance. They seem a bit glaring to be just the result of
needing the plot to move forward. I wonder what it all "means" and what
examples I am missing.
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