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From these two plays, we get the tragedy of Othello, delivered from perspectives of different genders. Desdemona orders the clown to find Cassio and bring him the message that she has made her suit to Othello. Title of Work and its Form: Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief, play Author: Paula Vogel (on Twitter: @VogelPaula) Date of Work: 1993 Where the Work Can Be Found: The play was first produced in by Circle Repertory Company and featured the amazing Cherry Jones in the role of Bianca. In stock on October 17, 2020. Here, Othello explains to Desdemona the significance of the handkerchief: He was told the handkerchief is charmed, and that whoever possesses it will have a faithful spouse, but should the object get lost or be given away, the once loyal spouse would search for love outside of the marriage. Mentioned over 30 times within the text, the item is both distinct in design — white, and dotted with images of strawberries — and imbued with a deep history. In this scene, Emilia’s loyalties—to her husband, Iago, and to her mistress, Desdemona—come into conflict. To Othello, the handkerchief symbolizes fidelity and his giving it to Desdemona represents a promise that he will be true to her, and a request that she stay true to him. Desdemona Desdemona is the daughter of the Venetian Senator Brabantio. When Desdemona cannot produce the handkerchief he wants to see, Othello explains the handkerchiefs histo… Desdemona replies that she believes that Othello doesn’t harbor such an emotion, that the “sun where he was born / Drew all such humors from him.” Ironically, Iago’s jealous machinations turn the handkerchief, once a symbol of love and fidelity, into a tool of deception “proving” Desdemona’s trumped up affair with Cassio. may be intentional, meant to portray the way Desdemona herself feels The main themes of the play include love, an inconsistency of the military heroism, and fear of isolation. DESDEMONA : Why, so I can, sir, but I will not now. Othello Analysis . The handkerchief, a gift to Desdemona from Othello, symbolizes so much more than a mere token of affection. She does so, and he chastises her for her hands moistness, which suggests sexual promiscuity. She, not Othello, asks Emilia to put her wedding sheets on the bed, In the end, Othello stifles the speech that made Desdemona The last time we see Desdemona before she awakens to find Othello not written by Shakespeare or a mere vulgarity ignore the fact that In Shakespeare’s original play, Othello kills Desdemona, when a handkerchief he gave her is found on his lieutenant, Cassio. / And she died Othello is among the most tragic of Shakespeare’s dramas and so are its characters including the heroine Desdemona and her lover Othello, ‘The Moor’. Harlem Duet by Djanet Sears Paperback $15.95. of her first speech (“My noble father, / I do perceive here a divided In handing over the handkerchief, she obeys Iago’s commands, but in doing so she betrays Desdemona and plays an unwitting role in Iago’s plan to destroy Othello and all he loves. The play, The handkerchief is the most important in the play. This contradiction As the clown departs, Desdemona wonders to Emilia where her handkerchief might be. For all the claims of military straightforwardness of some other characters, Desdemona is the most direct and honest speaker in the play. lord. At the end of the play, Emilia refers to the handkerchief as a “trifle” (5.2.228); this trifle is the center of catastrophe in the play. When Desdemona drops the handkerchief in Act III, Scene 3, she unknowingly signals the point of the play at which she begins to lose Othello to blind jealousy. Emilia explains why she feels lucky to have found Desdemona’s handkerchief: Her husband, Iago, has been pestering her to snatch it for some time, and although she doesn’t know why he wants it, she’s happy to finally do as he asks. The pure and innocent victim of Iago's villainy, her husband Othello's jealousy and a series of extraordinary, handkerchief-related coincidences, she seems more typical of a nineteenth-century melodrama than of Shakespeare's imagination. However, the heroine of Paula Vogel’s Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief is, to quote Britney Spears, not that innocent. OTHELLO : Fetch me the handkerchief: my mind misgives. The discussion over the handkerchief escalates into a huge fight. Since the handkerchief was the first gift Desdemona received from Othello, she keeps it about her constantly as a symbol of Othello’s love. To Othello, the handkerchief symbolizes fidelity and his giving it to Desdemona represents a promise that he will be true to her, and a request that she stay true to him. much criticism has given her credit for. 22 reviews Having slept with Othello's entire encampment, Desdemona revels in her bawdy tales of conquest. Emilia is loyal to Desdemona, but she is loyal to Iago. Iago understands that a gift such as a handkerchief might be a mere trinket to some, but bear profound meaning to others. In Paula Vogel’s bawdy, thunderingly ironic take on Othello, the bride of the Moor is everything Iago pretended she was.Well, worse, actually, Desdemona is a bored, promiscuous aristocrat who delights in talking like a fishwife and whiles away idle hours in Cyprus by substituting for the local prostitute. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Now the handkerchief symbolizes the health of the marriage as a whole, rather than just one partner’s loyalty. lines 61–84, when she attempts to persuade lines, Desdemona has seemed capable of meeting or even rising above those Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). She makes a playful reference to Othello’s origins, suggesting that the sun in his native land made him impervious to jealousy, and therefore he is an exception to the typical Venetian tendency to be suspicious of women’s behavior. in her willingness to take credit for her own murder. Iago, understanding the object’s significance, plans to turn the token of love into a tool of destruction. A CHARACTER ANALYSIS OF DESDEMONA. Othello may be impressive on the battlefield, but his own personal insecurity leads to the tragic end of the story. He admires and loves his wife, but he can't believe that she would be in love with him. then, depicts Desdemona contradictorily as a self-effacing, faithful Since her first Most characters in the novel meet an undeserved fate. duty” [I.iii.179–180]) and her terse fury Emilia recognizes the powerful love and loyalty Desdemona feels for Othello, and she knows that the handkerchief symbolizes these emotions. Her forgiveness of Othello may help the audience to forgive him Desdemona hesitates, and then tells something of a lie. Similarly, critics who argue that Desdemona’s slightly bizarre bawdy Like the audience, Desdemona seems able only to watch as her husband She is caught between her conscience and her responsibilities as both a wife and Desdemona’s attendant. OTHELLO : Fetch't, let me see't. Though she maintains to the end handkerchief may appear to be an insignificant object, but throughout the play the way its symbolic importance is revealed, shows that it is really very significant. her fidelity to her husband. Morrison's play marks the third major play focusing on Shakespeare's Desdemona composed by a modern … Othello gave it to Desdemona for the same reason, to represent her fidelity to Othello just as his mother did with his father. Desdemona, A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel November 9 - 25, 2018 . The play, then, depicts Desdemona contradictorily as a self-effacing, faithful wife and as a bold, independent personality. Desdemona is young, sexual, and recently married. Iago recognizes that his lies have already poisoned Othello’s mind with doubts about Desdemona’s fidelity. Othello is clearly manipulating Desdemona, for even though he believes she has been unfaithful to him, his words seem to threaten that if she loses the handkerchief, he will cheat on her. DESDEMONA : Come, come; 90 : You'll never meet a more sufficient man. "Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief", by Paula Vogel, is Spicy Witch’s sister production to their all-female production of "Othello", both of which are running in rep at the Clemente Soto Velez Center. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. The first symbol of the handkerchief is Desdemona’s marital fidelity. The handkerchief symbolizes Othello’s love and trust to Desdemona and Desdemona’s marital fidelity to Othello. He hopes that the handkerchief in Cassio’s possession will serve as proof of Desdemona’s infidelity and somehow lead to the destruction of both Cassio and Othello, the two men he hates with a passion. after Othello strikes her (“I have not deserved this” [IV.i.236]). wife and as a bold, independent personality. 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