Essays on Shakespeare and His Works

Paperback | February 6, 2012

bySir Spenser St. John

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1908 Excerpt: ... black skin, thick lips, and that hasty and ferocious temper which distinguishes the indigenous Africans from the rest of mankind. He calls him, indeed, the Moor, but erroneously; a Moor he cannot be, for the Moors are Arabs who have lips as symmetrical and beautiful as Shakespeare's own. Iago calls him a Barbary horse; and he is invariably spoken of, not as a slave from the interior, but as belonging to that race which inhabits the north of the Atlas, and in one instance as a person of royal blood. Iago himself, whose name is Spanish, is sometimes a Venetian and sometimes a Florentine--but these things are scarcely worth notice. He says nothing of his costume, and needs to say nothing, for, being an officer in the Venetian army, he must be clad as a Venetian, though some modern actors have fancied they were displaying their knowledge and judgment by representing him in the garments of an Oriental. Shakespeare contrasts with singular skill the character of Iago with that of Othello. The latter is brave, confiding, intemperate, credulous, licentious withal if we may believe his Ancient, but possessing an understanding so limited that he suffers himself to be played upon like a creature without perception or volition by one whom he nevertheless wrongs and insults. Position and superior military qualities impart to him a certain dignity which enables him to look down upon Iago, whose superior intellect is marred by union with meanness, baseness, hypocrisy, craft, and treachery. What Shakespeare means by the vale of years is not clear. Othello is not amorous. His love is rather a delusion than a passion; he is jealous because, reasoning on his own physical and moral qualities, he comes to the conclusion that in reality Desdemona cannot love him. Discerning his t...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1908 Excerpt: ... black skin, thick lips, and that hasty and ferocious temper which distinguishes the indigenous Africans from the rest of mankind...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217206360

ISBN - 13:9780217206365

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