Othello | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Michael D. Bristol

This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of Othello.
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Critical Essay by Michael D. Bristol

SOURCE: Bristol, Michael D. “Charivari and the Comedy of Abjection in Othello.Renaissance Drama n.s. 21 (1990): 3-21.

In the following essay, Bristol interprets Othello in terms of “charivari”—a carnivalesque ceremony of “unmarrying” meant as an objection to a socially inappropriate marriage, in this case the union of dark-skinned Othello and white Desdemona.

If certain history plays can be read as rites of “uncrowning” then Othello might be read as a rite of “unmarrying.” The specific organizing principle operative here is the social custom, common throughout early modern Europe, of charivari.1 The abusive language, the noisy clamor under Brabantio's window, and the menace of violence in the opening scene of the play link the improvisations of Iago with the codes...

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