‘But to be free, and bounteous to her minde’

  • Martin Elliott
Part of the Contemporary Interpretations of Shakespeare book series (CIS)


In this chapter I shall be considering the play in relation to one of Othello’s grand announcements. In the following lines he announces a motive and intent of being free and bounteous to Desdemona’s mind:


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Chapter 1. ‘But to be free, and bounteous to her minde’

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    Thomas Keightley, The Shakespeare-Expositor: An Aid to the Perfect Understanding of Shakespeare’s Plays (London, 1867) p. 299. Quoted in H. H. Furness (ed.), Othello, New Variorum Shakespeare, 11th edn (Philadelphia and London, 1886) p. 71n.Google Scholar
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    A. D. Nuttall, A New Mimesis: Shakespeare and the Representation of Reality (London and New York, 1983) p. 138.Google Scholar
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    Robert B. Heilman, Magic in the Web: Action and Language in ‘Othello’ (Westport, Conn., 1977) p. 138. (1st edn Lexington, Ky, 1956.)Google Scholar
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    John Bayley, The Characters of Love, 2nd edn (London, 1968) p. 166.Google Scholar

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