Othello Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1Iago is trying to calm Othello down, who is absolutely certain that Desdemona and Cassio kissed. Iago doesn’t seem the harm in a kiss or even laying naked together if nothing happened. This, understandably enrages Othello. It’s hypocritical to give into temptation just enough to not actually sin. Iago tries a new... Continue Reading →

Othello Part 2

Act II, Scene 3Othello instructs Cassio to keep the watch. Cassio knows Iago already has instructions to do so. Othello leaves his men to it and takes Desdemona to bed. Iago comes up and tries to convince Cassio that they don’t have to start the watch just yet. Othello just wanted to shoo them off... Continue Reading →

Othello Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 Roderigo is quite perturbed to hear the news that Iago has. He can’t believe that Iago actually dislikes Othello. Iago reassures him by explaining that he was due for a promotion. In fact, he had three influential men trying to persuade Othello to promote him. Othello didn’t seem to care though... Continue Reading →

Measure for Measure Part 3

Act IV, Scene 2 The provost proposes a deal to Pompey. If he serves as an assistant to the executioner, he will get a shorter sentence and avoid a whipping. Pompey refuses to give a straight answer because that’s the function of his character. In the end, of course, he agrees and the executioner is... Continue Reading →

Measure for Measure Part 2

Act II, Scene 3 The Duke, disguised as a friar, goes to the prison to speak to the condemned. First, he speaks with Juliet. She explains that she is in fact pregnant with Claudio’s child. She is sorry for her sin, but she loved him and will love the child. She’s upset to learn he... Continue Reading →

Bertram, Entitlement, and Toxic Masculinity

The term “toxic masculinity” is an emotionally charged one that can lead to a lot of heated arguments, but I feel it is one that fits Bertram from All’s Well That Ends Well perfectly. When folding these buzzwords into an academic discussion, it is often best to start by defining the term. Generally, toxic masculinity... Continue Reading →

Measure for Measure Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 In the most confusing way possible, the Duke tells Escalus to rely on his own judgement and knowledge to follow the laws of Vienna to the letter. The Duke has decided to appoint Angelo as the leader of Vienna in the Duke’s absence. Escalus thinks there is no man in Vienna... Continue Reading →

Alls Well That Ends Well Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1 The conspirators prepare their plot against Parolles. They are certain he must come by them and when he does they will capture and blindfold him. It’s important that he thinks they’re the enemy. Unfortunately, he speaks most of the local languages, so they will have to speak nonsense and pretend they... Continue Reading →

Alls Well That Ends Well Part 2

Act II, Scene 3 Lafeu comments on how logic has transformed the supernatural into something familiar and so we have lost all wonder at what should be seen as the hand of God. Parolles agrees the whole time, insisting that he was just about to say the same. They are discussing this because the King... Continue Reading →

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