|debate rushdie raises in fury.....
||[Apr. 12th, 2005|10:44 am]
Discussion of the works of Salman Rushdie
lets carry rushdies debate forward guys.....here is an introduction and my take on it...|
Was Othello a latinisation of the Arabic name Ataullah . how else do you explain the value of shame and honor in him. As opposed to the value of pride (based on financial status) in the English society. He , who apparently loved his wife to madness , would he really kill her because a few tongues wagged. Would he not confirm the facts atlesast first.
But then since when have the heroes been logical , perhaps his verification would make him look like a sorry figure. It would take away charisma , but it would leave him a lot happier then he ever had been. Ataullah was a smart Arabic trader who had married wisely and well. It was a business decision for him like all else had been.
His blissfully ignorant wife , was rich , had a standing in the society and was one of the most beautiful women of that era. What could possibly go wrong with this sort of a business dealing . he had earned his trophy wife. The shrewd businessman loved the comforts she brought with her .. not her.. not for a split second.
Its like one loves their image in the mirror , never the mirror.. it is merely instrumental. So what’s wrong if she , having realized her husbands business like attitude , cheated on him. Perfect revenge and perhaps the only revenge available to her. But the point is she did not cheat. The point is he still killed her. She was his ‘ijjat’ (a word that stands for both shame and honor) , and how blasphemous to have a tarnished trophy wife .
Othello was an MCP like any other , then why mourn his loss. The bard at what he does best , to make us feel sorry for the villains be it Shylock, the seductive Cleopatra or the shrewd Othello. Shakespeare must have had some Indian roots for sure , honor takes a dominance in all his stories.
Antonio agrees to a pound of flesh because were he to go to any other moneylender it would have gone against his honor. Stupidity perhaps. Pride goeth before the fall .. perhaps.