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Sea Change In Shakespeare’s Othello

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In Othello, the seas liquidity suggests the associative plasticity of Shakespeares use of words, while its unfathomable depths and susceptibility to lunar transformation emphasize his interest in psychological probing and emotional change. This chapter exposes the water references that cumulatively become definitive parts of the plays overall verbal network. It clarifies the poetry of the words, as Wallace Stevens calls it that constructs this network. The chapter explains the pertinence of a particular figure of speech, synecdoche that operates within it. It points out the works metamorphic fusion in the incandescent phrasing of Act 5. The chapter investigates the working of Othellos mind, his verbal revisions, and his final complex identity.

Keywords: metaphoric fusion; psychological revision; sea network; Shakespeares Othello; synecdoche



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