The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0497 Friday, 22 August 2008
From: L. Swilley <
Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 16:59:07 -0500
Subject: Othello and Cassio
Othello has deceived his host, Brabantio, and made off with Desdemona without
B's consent. (Could there be a more blatant -- but never remarked as such --
offense?) For that, he the more readily believes Desdemona to be unfaithful --
we often mark iniquities in others without realizing we are guilty of the same,
and because we are so.
If that is the chief flaw in Othello's character -- I believe it is -- what
should we make of his never-explained choice of Cassio over Iago for his
lieutenant? How should we see that choice as consonant with Othello's character?
I guess Cassio is *socially* superior to Iago -- is that the place to start?
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