Meet Desdemona. She’s kind, beautiful and generous, and yes, she will ultimately be an innocent victim, but she ain’t so virginal and proper. The girl knows what she wants! She knew exactly what she was attracted to and she went out and got it, and her father and the old white dudes in Venice can’t believe their ears!
Pay attention to the word ‘ear’ which gets repeated a LOT in this scene too. Is it a coincidence that ear is Elizabethan slang for vagina?
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Important Notes for this episode:
• hear how Othello and Desdemona fall in love
• Desdemona wants to have sex – very unladylike. The men in her world just can’t seem to believe that she has her own wishes and desires.
• parentheses – subtext – new for Shakespeare