Two amazing things happened this morning while reading The Tragedy of Othello, Moor of Venice to the boys out loud during Circle Time this morning.
First off, they begged for more. And more and more. It was a much larger bite of Shakespeare than usual - things were starting to heat up and their interest was engaged. Be still my beating heart! The world stopped spinning and everything sparkled and pulsated around us.
(Though Jamie and Diego didn't stop wrestling.) (Circle Time is often ugly, but so, so beautiful.)
Secondly, I was getting so involved in the reading that my heart tightened up and I almost cried. I felt so much pity for Desdemona and couldn't believe that Othello could be such a fool as to hold fast to such incredibly imbalanced conclusions. He went crazy and couldn't rein himself back in. Whatever happened to a loving check-in or even a sound cross-examination?
I felt creeping sadness as I read aloud. Horrified. But I am intrigued by the simultaneous awareness of the beginnings of a fuller comprehension of Shakespeare's magnificence. It is thrilling. I've always been told that his plays are incredible, but when I was introduced to them cold-turkey in high school, I was more confused than interested. But now . . . I am seeing the slow dawning of understanding. This guy. He is amazing.
I've seen A Midsummer Night's Dream multiple times, listened to Coriolanus on audio, read aloud The Taming of the Shrew and now Othello. I can't wait to canvas the entire collection. Bit by bit, play by play.
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