William Shakespeare | Critical Essay by Thomas Clayton

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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Critical Essay by Thomas Clayton

SOURCE: “‘That's she that was myself’: Not-so-famous Last Words and Some Ends of Othello,Shakespeare Survey, Vol. 46, 1994, pp. 61-68.

In the essay below, Clayton focuses on the final couplets uttered by Desdemona and Othello, reading these lines as affirmations that love unites the tragic pair in a single identity. With these four lines, Clayton suggests, Shakespeare evokes a poignant sense of pathos and enhances his presentation of the Moor as an essentially sympathetic figure.

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To those for whom Shakespeare's plays still have value as works of dramatic and poetic art that move and enlighten the receptive, the last words of his tragic protagonists and other major characters should be of special interest and importance as momentous and definitive, because they evidently were for Shakespeare, whether composing or revising, and beginning quite early on...

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