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Othello Chooses Cassio?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0420  Tuesday, 9 May 2006

[1] 	From: 	Stuart Manger <
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 	Date: 	Monday, 08 May 2006 18:03:28 +0100
 	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0411 Othello Chooses Cassio?

[2] 	From: 	Nora Kreimer <
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 	Date: 	Monday, 8 May 2006 18:31:34 -0300
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From: 		Stuart Manger <
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Date: 		Monday, 08 May 2006 18:03:28 +0100
Subject: 17.0411 Othello Chooses Cassio?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0411 Othello Chooses Cassio?

If the aim is to defend and hold Cyprus and sustained peace is the aim of 
the campaign, maybe the Venetian fathers want not only fighting men to 
keep the peace, but smooth diplomats to 'ease the peace' / win hearts and 
minds?

Cassio is a good talker, a handsome, elegant, educated young blade, 
learning his trade, so ideal experience to learn under a top pro general 
and alongside a grizzled war-hardened grinder who's been around the block 
a few times like Iago?

Besides, judging by what others say about him, he is well-connected, and 
many aides-de-camp are born, live and operate on very much the right side 
of the tracks. By their own admission, neither Othello nor Iago are of 
that sort.

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From: 		Nora Kreimer <
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Date: 		Monday, 8 May 2006 18:31:34 -0300
Subject: 17.0411 Othello Chooses Cassio?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0411 Othello Chooses Cassio?

It's through performance, and the accent I have noticed given to Iago, 
that there is little doubt that Michael Cassio is the man. Socially 
speaking, the lieutenant and the general belong to the same social class, 
and this is how they appear to be. It is not the case with the ensign. 
Usually, the ensign is a man of considerably low rank.

We only have Iago's word that Cassio is not the right man, and if we go by 
Iago's word he's a very honest fellow. It is very clear in the text that 
Cassio was socially better acquainted with Othello, as he was part of his 
secret love and elopement: Iago was not, and it was obvious that he 
learned about the whole business on the consummation of the marriage. It 
was Cassio that "went betwixt us very oft".

Regards,
Nora Kreimer
Instituto Superior del Profesorado Joaquin V. Gonzalez
Depto de Ingles
Profesora Titular Literatura Inglesa
Buenos Aires
Argentina

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