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Thursday Jan 19, 2006

Pillow Talk

In a previous post, I wrote: In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago, advisor to Othello, speaks this line to his master, the Moor of Venice: “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”

Iago’s admonition becomes a flashpoint for jealousy instead of warning against its ills. Betrayal in this tragedy is insidious.

The treacherous villain Iago leads Othello into believing that his wife, Desdemona, has been unfaithful to him.

Eventually, Othello is driven by his pained ego to murder his innocent wife. While we can superficially blame Iago for this sordid affair, it is Othello who is weak; it is Othello who murders Desdemona.

There is no substitute for firsthand information; secondhand is what it sounds like.