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Men Beware Men: Shakespeare's Warnings for Unfair Husbands


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

There is a strange moment in Othello when Iago seems to step out of the play and make a general comment on the basis of the play's action about male-female relations in actual life. Worked up to a pitch of jealous hysteria, Othello has fallen into a fainting fit. Iago stands over his prostrate body, prefiguring the spectacle at the play's end. Iago now speaks in what could be termed a soliloquy but is clearly a comment addressed to the audience:

Thus credulous fools -are caught,

And many worthy and chaste dames even thus

(All guiltless) meet reproach. (IV.i.45-46)1

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