By David Bevington

An in-depth exploration, via his performs and poems, of the philosophy of Shakespeare as an outstanding poet, a good dramatist and a "great mind".Written through a number one Shakespearean scholarDiscusses an array of subject matters, together with intercourse and gender, politics and political concept, writing and performing, spiritual controversy and problems with religion, skepticism and misanthropy, and closureExplores Shakespeare as an excellent poet, an exceptional dramatist and a "great brain"

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Even as she lies dying at his hands, she attempts to turn the blame away from him to herself. When her lady-in-waiting, Emilia, asks her who has done this deed, she answers, ‘Nobody; I myself. Farewell. / Commend me to my kind lord. 128– 9). qxd 20/5/08 2:14 PM Page 33 Lust in Action: Sex and Gender 33 utterance is a lie intended to deflect suspicion from her abusive husband. Othello is thus, like Claudio, a victim finally of his own apprehensiveness about women. His fear that he has been scorned and rejected by the ‘delicate creature’ who is the very source of his life and happiness is unbearable to him: But there where I have garnered up my heart, Where either I must live or bear no life, The fountain from the which my current runs Or else dries up – to be discarded thence!

This particular misunderstanding is soon gotten over by Don Pedro’s assuring Claudio that Hero is to be his, but Claudio does not learn from his mistake. When Don John comes forward with a more serious accusation, that Hero is sleeping with other men, even on the eve of her marriage, Claudio is once again prepared to believe the worst of her. He scarcely knows her; his suspicion is toward women in general. What is more, the other men generally second his misogynistic view. Don Pedro credits the attack on Hero’s reputation.

They seem to enjoy teasing their young men, but do so knowing that they will submit themselves finally to their wooers. Marriage will put women in a subordinate position. They are aware of this, and accept the conditions of a patriarchal culture. They are intent on marriage, and generally know right away whom it is that they will marry. Although the men nominally take the lead in proposing marriage, the women are better aware of what is at stake. The women seem smarter and more self-possessed. They are wittier and blessed with an ironic sense of humour that serves them well in dealing with masculine frailty.

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