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Roderigo's Fate
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0939  Monday, 23 October 2006

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 	Date: 	Thursday, 19 Oct 2006 12:51:18 -0400
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From: 		John W. Kennedy <
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Date: 		Thursday, 19 Oct 2006 12:51:18 -0400
Subject: 17.0924 Roderigo's Fate
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0924 Roderigo's Fate

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>Dear SHAKSPER-type persons: Please explain this to me. We know
>Roderigo is dead by the end of the play. Iago told us (tho he might
>well be lying) and Lodovico also told us (he would not be lying).
>But Roderigo pops up, alive, in V.ii, even though it would seem
>that the rule of tragedy should have had him done away with by
>the end of the play. Please explain.

Or this is from some text newly discover'd,
Or you live in some world of parallels
(As philosophic fablers oft do feign of),
For neither quarto, folio, nor modern
Edition calls for Roderigo's entrance
In any scene posterior to his stabbing.

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Date: 		Thursday, 19 Oct 2006 19:45:29 +0100
Subject: 17.0924 Roderigo's Fate
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0924 Roderigo's Fate

John Savage wrote:

>Dear SHAKSPER-type persons: Please explain this to me. We know
>Roderigo is dead by the end of the play. Iago told us (tho he might
>well be lying) and Lodovico also told us (he would not be lying).
>But Roderigo pops up, alive, in V.ii, even though it would seem
>that the rule of tragedy should have had him done away with by
>the end of the play. Please explain.

Where does he pop up alive in V.ii? He's referred to as slain but has no 
lines.

Nigel Davies

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Date: 		Thursday, 19 Oct 2006 17:02:18 EDT
Subject: 17.0924  Roderigo's Fate
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0924  Roderigo's Fate

Doesn't he stay alive long enough to point the finger at Iago?

Virginia Byrne

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Date: 		Thursday, 19 Oct 2006 16:17:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 17.0924 Roderigo's Fate
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0924 Roderigo's Fate

John Savage writes: "We know Roderigo is dead by the end of the play. Iago 
told us (tho he might well be lying) and Lodovico also told us (he would 
not be lying). But Roderigo pops up, alive, in V.ii, even though it would 
seem that the rule of tragedy should have had him done away with by the 
end of the play. Please explain."

I'm puzzled by this question; my Riverside Shakespeare and other editions 
I've seen (incl. the quarto & Folio) don't show Roderigo appearing, 
neither alive or as a corpse, in 5.2 at all. Also, Emilia is the one who 
first reports that Roderigo is killed. Am I missing something?

Paul E. Doniger

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Date: 		Friday, 20 Oct 2006 14:02:21 -0400
Subject: 17.0924 Roderigo's Fate
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0924 Roderigo's Fate

>>But Roderigo pops up, alive, in V.ii...

No he doesn't. Lodovico produces a "letter, / Found in the pocket of the 
slain Roderigo" (ll. 315-6). But perhaps you're thinking of the Oliver 
Parker film, which momentarily -- and extra-textually -- resurrects 
Roderigo on the surgeon's table to point out the skulking Iago.

Kris McDermott
Central Michigan University

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