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Othello as Tragedy : Some Problems of Judgement and Feeling - Jane Adamson

Othello as Tragedy

Some Problems of Judgement and Feeling

Paperback Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780521297608
Number Of Pages: 301

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Critical views of Othello have polarized during the last forty years.

The dispute is between those who follow Coleridge and Bradley and see Othello as noble but diabolically misled, and those who follow Eliot and Leavis and see him as a criminal egotist.

Jane Adamson argues that both views are too simple and that both deprive the play of tragic point. She is concerned to reinstate the play as a great tragedy, and Othello as a complex tragic figure. She considers in detail how the drama unfolds; how Othello's predicament provides a focus for moral questions raised in all the other characters; how the reader or spectator becomes painfully involved with similar questions in trying to understand the action; and how in these ways the play continually undercuts easy moral simplifications.

During this study a great deal else in Shakespeare is illuminated - especially his insight into the need for love, and the dangers that are inseparable from that need.

The 'comforts' of praise and blame
'Injuries' and 'remedies': the first two acts
'Pluming up the will': Iago's place in the play
Personal and professional identity: Othello in the first two acts
'Alacrity in hardness': Othello's crisis in Acts III and IV
The 'hollow hell' of vengeance: Othello's attempted remedies
Self-charity and self-abnegation: the play's women in love
The 'power to hurt' and 'be hurt', 'past all surgery': the final scene
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ISBN: 9780521297608
ISBN-10: 0521297605
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 301
Published: 1st June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 13.995 x 21.59  x 1.753
Weight (kg): 0.395

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