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Written by Barbara
(4/1/2006 12:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think that could be..., penned by Reeba
This is something I hope to look into more as we go through the GR, but I also think that the particular selection of Shakepseare quotations is not an accident or a coincidence. I think there is something iherently appealing about those plays to a young girl or to a (would-be)heroine, gothic or otherwise.
Some of the heroines of books mentioned in NA are given to quoting Shakespeare, among them Camilla (of Fanny Burney's novel) and Emily St. Aubert from Udolpho. The Mysteries of Udolpho begins every chapter with a little snippet of verse, and many of these are from Shakespeare, including one from Measure for Measure, where Catherine memorized "The poor beetle..." Measure for Measure has many gothic elements in it, and many parallels to gothic literature such as The Monk (mentioned by John Thorpe a bit later in this week's reading), not to mention a heroine named Isabella!
It is interesting that all three plays from which Catherine 'memorizes' a line (Othello, Twelfth Night, and Measure for Measure) include events that result mainly due to a character deliberately deceiving other characters by pretending to be something that he/she is not, which is rather the opposite of Catherine's character.
Also, it is interesting to note that Belinda Portman, the title character in Belinda (also mentioned in defense of the novel) quotes the same line from Othello in the novel: 'trifles light as airó"
Othello also features a female lead who was attracted to Othello because of the harrowing tales he used to tell her:
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