Lecture 5 Othello the Moor of Venice. Critical focus on Act 2 Scene 3 (the brawl scene). Thought for the day!!!. One theatrical critic saw the play OTHELLO as —
Critical focus on
Act 2 Scene 3
(the brawl scene)
One theatrical critic saw the play OTHELLO as —
a dramatized bullfight in which the hero is a noble bull, repeatedly charging the handkerchief in the wristy grip of Iago, the dominant matador.
“Let’s teach ourselves the honourable stop,
Not to outsport discretion”
“My blood begins my safer guides to rule”
“Cassio, I love thee
But never more be officer of mine”
‘Honest Iago that looks dead with grieving”
You see this fellow that is gone before;
He is a soldier, fit to stand by Caesar
And give direction; and but see his vice:
’Tis to his virtue a just equinox,
The one as long as th’other. ’Tis pity of him.
I fear the trust Othello puts in him,
On some odd time of his infirmity,
Will shake this island.
Iago (to Cassio):
Come, you are too severe a moraller. As the time, the place, and the condition of this country stands, I could heartily wish this had not so befallen: but since it is as it is, mend it for your own good.
(“And what’s he then that says I play the villain”)
“How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”