Othello | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Mark Rose

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of Othello.
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Critical Essay by Mark Rose

SOURCE: “Othello's Occupation: Shakespeare and the Romance of Chivalry,” in English Literary Renaissance, Vol. 15, No. 3, Autumn, 1985, pp. 293-311.

In the following essay, Rose discusses the role of chivalry in Othello.

O now, for ever Farewell the tranquil mind! farewell content! Farewell the plumed troops, and the big wars That makes ambition virtue! O, farewell! Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump, The spirit-stirring drum, th’ ear-piercing fife, The royal banner, and all quality, Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war! And O you mortal engines, whose rude throats Th’ immortal Jove's dread clamors counterfeit, Farewell! Othello's occupation's gone.(1) 

Othello's adieus to tranquility and content at the start of this speech evoke something more like the pastoral than the military ideal. Even when the imagery becomes explicitly military...

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