Othello | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by S. N. Garner

This literature criticism consists of approximately 28 pages of analysis & critique of Othello.
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Critical Essay by S. N. Garner

SOURCE: Garner, S. N. “Shakespeare's Desdemona.” Shakespeare Studies 9 (1976): 233-52.

In the following essay, Garner stresses the importance and complexity of Desdemona's role in Othello, and asserts that Shakespeare endowed her with a full range of human emotions.

I

As Desdemona prepares to go to bed with Othello in Act IV, scene iii of Shakespeare's Othello, the following conversation occurs between her and Emilia:

EMILIA.
Shall I go fetch your nightgown? 
DESDEMONA.
No, unpin me here. 
This Lodovico is a proper man. 
EMILIA.
A very handsome man. 
DESDEMONA.
He speaks well. 
EMILIA.
I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip. 

(ll. 36-42)1

Surely this is startling dialogue coming as it does between the brothel scene and the moment when Desdemona will go to...

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