Bloom In Othello

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Bloom, Harold. Bloom’s Shakespeare Through the Ages Othello: Bloom’s Literacy, NY: 2008. Print. 1-311 The central thesis of Bloom’s book argues that the Shakespeare play Othello has not changed through the ages. However, the way people perceive it has changed. Bloom begins his book with a study of the first play that written then breaks it down throughout the ages. Bloom starts by stating, “The first recorded performance of Othello was November 1, 1604” (45) Bloom then states, ‘all the casting are males”. (45) Bloom then moves to the nineteenth century, where all the parts are still played by males but a white male, “in a full body of black makeup”, plays Othello. (121) Bloom also states that “skin color continued being an issue” …show more content…
Garber in the beginning of this chapter starts out with a joke. Garber askes, ”what is black and white and (red/read) all over”? (154) Garber then starts taking each part of the play and puts it into respect of a newspaper. Garber states, “printed in black and white”. (156) Garber made this comment reflecting on the play because Othello is “a black Moorish general” and Desdemona is “his white Vanerian bride”. (154) Garber then continues to state, “that the play context consists of contemporary events such as: “war, betrayal, cultural (black and white), and political (general officer, and war)”. (162) Garber adds a picture with his text. The picture looks like a duck head. But then again it looks like a rabbit head. Garber uses this picture to show that by looking at something you might see something else. Garber states, “The play is like a dream”. (175) Garber’s book is useful for anyone interested in looking into what Shakespeare was meaning throughout the play and how it differs from modern aspects. Garber also states that, “if a black man or a woman plays any part of the play, it is …show more content…
Stanton starts out this chapter with a woman’s story of a personal experience of how a guy, Jerry, that she had dated showed her a $5 bill and asked her “you’ll go down for 5 right”? “You’re a whore, right”? (81) Stanton shows us how the word “whore” is used for “denigration of a woman’s sexuality”. (81) Stanton uses parallels to other words that mean the same but considered “old fashion”. (81) Stanton contuse by giving different definitions of the word “whore” from different sources. Stanton then states that Shakespeare’s play Othello “uses the word “whore” the most out of all his plays” (94) Stanton continues to explain all the incidences where it was used in the play Othello. Then Stanton finishes off with a question to the reader, asking, “If so, how women should own the term whore”? (99) Stanton’s book is a good source of information if you are interesting in finding out why a woman is called a whore and why. This chapter has all the aspects of Gender, Masculinity, and

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