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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
"Men Beware Men: Shakespeare's Warnings for Unfair Husbands,"
Comparative Drama: Vol. 28:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/compdr/vol28/iss2/3