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Roderigo's Fate
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0958  Sunday, 29 October 2006

[1] 	From: 	Donald Bloom <
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	Date: 	Wednesday, 25 Oct 2006 12:22:03 -0500
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0950 Roderigo's Fate

[2] 	From: 	Ruth Ross <
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	Date: 	Wednesday, 25 Oct 2006 18:11:56 -0400
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0950 Roderigo's Fate

[3] 	From: 	Harry Connors <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 26 Oct 2006 01:48:50 +0000
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0950 Roderigo's Fate

[4] 	From: 	Steve Sohmer <
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	Date: 	Wednesday, 25 Oct 2006 22:24:07 EDT
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From: 		Donald Bloom <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 25 Oct 2006 12:22:03 -0500
Subject: 17.0950 Roderigo's Fate
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0950 Roderigo's Fate

While it is possible that Cassio is reporting a miraculous recovery on 
the part of Roderigo, it is far more likely that he is speaking 
poetically (as Shakespeare's characters are in the habit of doing).

Roderigo is "alive" because he speaks through the letter, even though he 
is physically dead. His voice, in the letter, bears witness to Cassio's 
guiltlessness, just as though he had been called into court and sworn.

It doesn't need to mean anything more than this.

Cheers,
don

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From: 		Ruth Ross <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 25 Oct 2006 18:11:56 -0400
Subject: 17.0950 Roderigo's Fate
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0950 Roderigo's Fate

Excuse me, but am I missing something here? Joseph Egert hits the nail 
on the head. Roderigo speaks from the dead through the letter found in 
his pocket implicating Iago. He doesn't really come back to life but 
communicates by the letter. That's clear to me. What's the problem?

Ruth Ross

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From: 		Harry Connors <
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Date: 		Thursday, 26 Oct 2006 01:48:50 +0000
Subject: 17.0950 Roderigo's Fate
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0950 Roderigo's Fate

Is it possible that Roderigo speaking "after long seeming dead" is 
simply a reference to the letter found on Roderigo's body through which 
Roderigo lays out the villainy of Iago?

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Date: 		Wednesday, 25 Oct 2006 22:24:07 EDT
Subject: 17.0950 Roderigo's Fate
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0950 Roderigo's Fate

Dear Friends,

In Othello, the murder of Desdemona takes place on Holy Saturday (by the 
Cypriot Julian calendar). At midnight, we know that Holy Saturday turns 
to Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection. As a consequence: (1) 
Desdemona revives to deny Othello murdered her; (2) Roderigo revives 
after long seeming dead; and (3) Cassio, who has been in deathly 
disgrace is raised on a wooden frame and carried in, now the governor of 
Cyprus.

Elizabethans (particularly recusants) wouldn't have found these 
resurrections confusing.

Hope this helps.

Steve

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