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Othello Chooses Cassio?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0411  Monday, 8 May 2006

From: 		L. Swilley <
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Date: 		Sunday, 7 May 2006 08:26:19 -0500
Subject: 	Othello Chooses Cassio?

What evidence is there that Cassio is really a better choice as 
Lieutenant for Othello? Cassio is a theorist, an "arithmetician," 
whereas Iago has had considerable practical experience in the field.  In 
choosing Cassio rather than Iago, does Othello show himself a "closeted" 
social climber - as perhaps he has shown himself in making off with a 
senator's daughter?  If so, that would be a part of his larger flaw: his 
judgment that show is substance.

Has this aspect of the choice of Cassio been investigated?

L. Swilley

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