Argument Agree or Disagree Essay

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"Too Much Violence: Murdering Wives in Othello"

The Author's Argument

Othello according to the author is the renaissance play where the most heinous act of violence against women occurs. He says "of all the acts of violence against women represented on the English Renaissance stage…Othello's murder of Desdemona, followed quickly by Iago's murder of Emilia, is the most appalling" (366). Throughout the piece the author gives accounts of writers, critics and reviewers who do not seem to believe this, instead stating in one case that it is a shame that "the exigencies of the stage require the omission of the exquisite scene. Pechter sees the violence as a product of the times, but cannot excuse the fact that people not only want to see the scene, and believe that the scene is essential to the workings of the play. He is making the argument for the reader, but he may have some problems convincing people who want to see the Shakespearean works as they were written. The main argument is that the original scene is too violent mainly because it seems to relegate women to a secondary status, but also that it is wrong for reviewers to lament the fact that such an appalling scene is tampered with.

Main Points of Support

The author uses several excerpts from reviews to make his argument about the play and he also quotes noted critics. Pechter uses an argument from a 1610 review of the play to make his main argument. The reviewer said that the scene was beautiful and that it should remain because it was tradition, and "tradition was right" (367). Pechter responds to this by saying "Tradition, the nightmare of history registered in the weight of previous theatrical and critical response…

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