It’s difficult to know what, and particularly who, to talk about in Othello. Iago is a distraction, Othello likes to inflate his own sense of himself, whilst Desdemona can seem even less than she is. Which is odd, because the characters too find themselves not quite knowing how to interpret what they see in front of them. Or they misunderstand completely and interpret too easily. Their perspective is awry. And because Shakespeare wants to show us just how easy it is to do that, he makes audience after audience lose their perspective too.
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A brilliant analysis. I’d be interested in your views on Christopher Booker’s take on Shakespeare vis a vis his Seven Basic Plots.
Have you done one on Hamlet? I’ll be back to listen!
Not yet; I’m psyching myself up for that one. Thanks for listening.