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By Michael Goldman

This intensely own e-book develops a brand new method of the research of motion in drama. Michael Goldman eloquently applies a style in line with an important truth: our adventure of a play within the theater is sort of completely our adventure of acting.

Originally released in 1985.

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DESD. OTHELLO. DESD. I say it is not lost. Fetch't, let me see it! Why, so I can sir, but I will not now. This is a trick to put me from my suit: Pray you let Cassio be received again. Fetch me the handkerchief! My mind misgives. Come, come! You'll never meet a more sufficient man. The handkerchief! I pray, talk me of Cassio. The handkerchief! " We can see how each of her speeches takes its place as evidence in Othello's mind, becomes part of his knowledge because of his thought. The intensity of the audience's response to Othello comes largely from the way we feel the play's action pivoting deep within the hero's mind.

These are what switch his mind around at the soliloquy's points of imbalance, disturbing the surface order of contemplation, throwing the actor's body and voice into unstable relation with his words. With this kind of histrionic process in mind, we can return to a detailed examination of the speech, prepared to follow the buried cur­ rents which drive it. I have said that at least three such currents may be discerned. The first of these seems to be associated with bearing—"bear" occurs three times in the soliloquy—and is accompanied by imagery of passive suffering: whips, scorns, slings, arrows, pangs, wrong, contumely.

Taking arms against a sea is not quite the antithesis of suffering slings and arrows. " The imbalance does not make for neat logical opposition, but it does make for forward movement and for yet another instance of that constant shifting of ground so typical of the role and the play. The dramatic reason for the imbalance, and the thing that gives it histrionic life, is that each of the two opposed ideas reflects the presence of a different buried current of emotion. For here also, though more subtly than in the other solil­ oquies, Shakespeare makes dramatic use of hidden emotion working its way to light.

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