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Re: Othello on Bloom
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1334  Tuesday, 1 July 2003

[1]     From:   Christopher Moore <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Jun 2003 08:43:13 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Othello on Bloom

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Jun 2003 13:16:30 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 14.1326 Bloom on Othello

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        Date:   Monday, 30 Jun 2003 18:20:08 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1326 Bloom on Othello


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From:           Christopher Moore <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Jun 2003 08:43:13 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Othello on Bloom

Quote from Othello on Bloom

"one that loved not wisely but too well..."

Consider/Discuss

Christopher Moore

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Jun 2003 13:16:30 -0400
Subject: Bloom on Othello
Comment:        SHK 14.1326 Bloom on Othello

Keith Hopkins observes,

'I do not think Desdemona was a chaste person, and probably had a sexual
history, and is very much of a product of the society she was born in
to.

Well, I wasn't going to say anything, but those of us who've seen her
case history, plus the pre-sentence reports of her probation officer
never did hold out much hope. There's the background of domestic
violence and substance abuse for a start.  We're also pretty sure that
that Mrs Lear was involved (again!), which explains the shoplifting. You
knew she was dyslexic, I suppose?

T. Hawkes

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Date:           Monday, 30 Jun 2003 18:20:08 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 14.1326 Bloom on Othello
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1326 Bloom on Othello

>Am I the only
>person that thinks there is something very strange
>about this woman [Desdemona]?  We
>have the whole process of her pleading Cassios cause
>and the extremely
>ambiguous overtones to this.
>
>Why is she so keen to help Cassio and does she not
>see that even if this
>is for the purest of motives, it can be easily open
>to being
>misconstrued in the sexually charged atmosphere of
>Venetian life and
>particularly given the rather egregious stupidity of
>her husband, a man
>who seems to have experience of warfare and nothing
>else and is like
>some sort of time bomb ready to be primed by
>somebody else.
>
>I personally think that she is really what I can
>only describe as a
>'tart'.  Or on the other hand she is so culpably
>naive that she ought to
>be taken away to a place of safety by the men in
>white coats.

I think we need to bear in mind Desdemona's background. She was a
senator's daughter - an aristocrat. It is very likely that she may have
had a very protected childhood. Also, we may remember from "Romeo &
Juliet" that aristocratic ladies were often married off at a very tender
age in those days. It seems to me quite likely that Desdemona was,
perhaps, aged only about 15 or so.

This would certainly account for what appears to be her extreme naivet

 

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