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Question: How do you reconcile Desdemona's character as described by Brabantio and as shown in the handkerchief scene, with her elopement and her bold stand before the Duke's council? Answer: This is a strength born of her great love for Othello. Here the gentle, timid girl is transformed into the still gentle but firm woman. It would seem that some of Othello's bravery has entered her own breast. Indeed, one of the most striking points in the play seems to me to be the notion of man's influence and man's individual influence over the individuality, the life and mind and soul of those around him. Question: Do we excuse or condemn Desdemona's dying assertion that she killed herself? Answer: I think we excuse it rather; for if ever untruth were told with pure motives, this is a time. And if ever falsehood were pious, it is here, when the dying wife sees the agony of her husband, feels that he loves her perhaps better at this moment, when he feels that the "fair rose" is withering fast, and thinks to shield him, even for a moment though it be, from the external consequences of his deed. "He that loveth much to him much shall be forgiven." Question: How does Othello's suicide affect us as a matter of morals, and as to the dramatic necessities of the play? Answer: As a matter of morals, Othello's suicide strikes us as being wrong since "the Everlasting has fixed His canon against self-slaughter": "Thou shalt not kill." And yet, looking at it from another standpoint, Othello's suicide seems but a just retribution for the death of Desdemona. The play would lose much of its interest for us were Othello to live after losing honor, love, and the pure being who had been as the inspiration of his life; and certainly our great admiration for Othello's sense of honor would be diminished. We would
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feel a kind of indignation, a kind of resentment, as it were, for the death of Desdemona, for there is in us an instinctive feeling or idea of justice and reparation, and Othello's death is the reparation which Fate requires at his hand for the innocent death of Desdemona. Question: What is the relationship between Iago and Emilia? Answer: There certainly is not that strong and equal tie of love which we would expect to find existing between man and wife. lago uses Emilia as his tool; she is cared for only in so far as she is of use to him. lago has neither the desire nor the ability to love anything or anybody. Emilia seems to love lago with a kind of passionate devotion. Her sole aim seems to be to do his will, as is seen by her theft of the handkerchief, and her words at the time are: Question: What change does Iago produce in the character of Roderigo which enables him to maintain his control over him up to the very end? Answer: "Evil communications corrupt good morals ." By constantly being brought in contact with lago, Roderigo cannot but be blackened by the soot which cleaves to him. At first we find Roderigo not evil, perhaps, though destitute of virtue; his intention then has
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