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There's Magic in the Web
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0453  Thursday, 10 March 2005

[1]     From:   Maijan H Al-Ruwaili <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 Mar 2005 17:34:49 +0300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0442 There's Magic in the Web

[2]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 Mar 2005 15:54:58 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0442 There's Magic in the Web


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From:           Maijan H Al-Ruwaili <
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Date:           Wednesday, 09 Mar 2005 17:34:49 +0300
Subject: 16.0442 There's Magic in the Web
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0442 There's Magic in the Web

John V. Knapp wrote:

 >Forgive me for a naive question, but exactly how are the strawberries a
 >"sexual symbol"? The handkerchief itself is connected to Desdemona's
 >alleged infidelity, but strawberries?? I asked this same question on
 >another chatline-how is it that X equals Y ? -- but I never did get a
 >reasonable answer.

There is an incredible piece by Linda Boose, the title has "magic in the
web," arguing the sexual implications of the handkerchief. It was
published in the 1980s. I have the paper, but need time (which I do not
have now) to dig it up.

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Date:           Wednesday, 09 Mar 2005 15:54:58 -0500
Subject: 16.0442 There's Magic in the Web
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0442 There's Magic in the Web

John Webb <
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 >In his article about "There's Magic in the Web", Patrick Spottiswoode
 >said that the main lesson he hoped children would learn from Othello
 >would be the ability "to differentiate between opinion and truth".

One is reminded of Charles Williams remark on Tennyson's Galahad:
"highly inadequate, but inadequate in a way that is relevant to the
original, which most of his rivals are not" (quoting from memory), for
it is far more relevant to Shakespeare that Paul Robeson should play
Othello than that, in the modern fashion, Othello should be compelled,
against his nature, to play Paul Robeson.

Notwithstanding, I believe that (save, perhaps, on the subject of
broccoli and the like) children are quite capable of making the
distinction. That is why it is the business of modern education to
confuse the issue.

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