Episode 68: Whores and Stooges, Othello Act 5


Just before the real shit goes down there’s one preview scene, Act 5: Scene 1, where Iago kills off one pesky whiner and maims another. He’s losing his cool. 

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• more references to female sexual mechanics: ‘miscarriage’ The play is full of them!

• the fight scene is all fragments and messy – don’t try to make the rhythm make sense

• Bianca as scapegoat, Emilia participates in slut-shaming – an example of the lowest on the totem pole taking each other our and not focusing on the real problem above them

• failed assassination of Cassio – he says his leg is cut in two – hamstring cut?

• Roderigo’s death – later they say he “came to” enough to tell about Iago’s involvement – first example of not-quite-death (like Desdemona later)

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