The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0192 Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Date: Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 17:05:41 +0100
Subject: Othello and the Law
Dear SHAKSPER List,
A student has asked me whether Othello would have been punished under
Venetian (or Cypriot?) law for murdering Desdemona, or whether this was
somehow 'allowed' (I'm thinking here of the 'ancient privilege of
Athens' in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' where Egeus was technically
'allowed' to put his daughter to death).
Any thoughts on this would be most welcome.
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