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Am I the only one that sees a bit of a plot hole in the final scene of Othello? Othello strangles Desdemona in her bed. It’s very important for him not to leave any marks. It’s often done by smothering her with a pillow.
But, when Emilia (why didn’t somebody tell me I was spelling her name wrong?) comes in and finds her still alive, Desdemona replies “Nobody,” has done this, “I myself.”
Does Emilia not then ponder, at least for a moment, “How did you smother yourself with a pillow?”
How else is the death scene handled? I’d like to talk about the Boston production I just saw, because I think there was one good thing and one bad one, but I don’t want to put in any spoilers yet.
Or is this part of it? That Emilia never believes it, she knows exactly what happened? I suppose that’s the most logical assumption, but if that were the case you’d think Emilia’s reaction would be more immediate, and they wouldn’t go through that whole “I have to report the truth as she told it to me” nonsense if she knows different. Unless Emilia’s afraid of Othello as well. But I never think of her as physically afraid of the men around her.