Troilus And Cressida And Othello — страница 4

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hand. This is why he kills her as he does wishing that she ?Be thus when thou art dead?? (5.2.18). He wants her to remain as he sees her then?no blood near her on the sheets nor staining her ivory skin. Not only this, but he also implies that in death she cannot give into further temptation and will cause him no anxiety or jealousy. Only in her death will he be sure of her honesty to him. Both of these plays display a large degree of tragedy. In Troilus and Cressida, there is tragedy in the separation of the two lovers, in the careless manner with which they spout off their vows, and in the quick change of affections when Cressida betrays Troilus and runs to the arms of Diomedes. In Othello, the tragedy is pervasive and nearly every turn of events is steeped in it. Yet in both,

the tragedy is strangely comical in that the emotions of the main characters are swayed so quickly by the course of events surrounding such seemingly insignificant things as a glove, a sleeve, and a handkerchief. Even in this comedy of trinkets, and in the overwhelming importance of them, one is made aware of the trivial and fickle nature of characters so vulnerable because of these objects. Each object is weighted with implications of temporality and connotations of disloyalty that seem out of proportion to their physical size yet match their control over the plots and the affections of the characters involved. One can find ulterior motives, discreet subplots, blatant insincerity and lack of trust in each token and the characters who both give and suspiciously receive them. The

tokens reveal the inner thoughts of the characters in the cleverest of ways and are truly an achievement in sub-textual motivations. 360