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