Shakespeare and Difference

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Shakespeare Wrote mostly in iambic pentameter emulates natural speech patterns Shakespeare implemented traditions against courtly love, works contain “flawed” women Lived 1564-1616 Rulers: o Elizabeth I 1558-1603 o James 1603-1625 Costumes were (sometimes) symbolic Titus Andronicus What are possible motivations for Titus sacrificing his own gain in the support of Saturninus? Rape as family punishment – why is this scene so gruesome? Status of Lavinia – her death. Passive or powerful character? Does Titus go insane? If so, when? Why is Aaron one of the only (stable) protective parents? Why are good and evil hard to distinguish? Tamora vs. Lavinia – norms of female behavior, maternal roles o Tamora is a force, Lavinia is a pawn o Lavinia is still able to communicate even after she is mutilated Theme of extreme violence and revenge. Why? What are Aaron’s motivations for being so evil/malicious? How stereotyped is he? Questions of race: o Stereotype of Moore’s being oversexed
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o Desire to rise in social and economic status o Aaron makes the point that he has the upper hand in his relationship with Tamora Othello Race and gender as separate or mixed categories for identity? Iago – is he responsible for the tragedy or can blame be placed elsewhere? Desdemona – is she passive in relation to Othello? Why? In relation to other characters? o Is she (potentially) promiscuous? Emilia – roles for women. contrast between characters of Emilia and Desdemona Handkerchief – symbolism? Trust? Othello’s decline as a character? What do we make of this? o Does he fit the stereotype for Moors? Death scene – why in bed? What evidence can be found that proves Iago’s fear that Othello and others have been with his wife? Does Cassio’s love for Bianca seem real? Location of Venice: large mercantile area = multicultural society. Perfect setting for have “foreigners” accepted and exulted in society. Desdemona is viewed as property (use of “robbing”) Othello makes reference of “travel writing” in his speech Relationship between Othello and Desdemona begins by Desdemona really getting to know Othello Desdemona defends herself by citing that she has a split duty and turns the issue back on her father Iago is compared to the Devil, making his misleading of Othello more understandable
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What does this play do in terms of race? Antony and Cleopatra
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