kindle Morrison, T: Desdemona (Oberon Modern Plays) By Toni Morrison –

The story of Desdemona from Shakespeare s Othello is re imagined by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison, Malian singer and songwriter Rokia Traore, and acclaimed stage director Peter Sellars Morrison s response to Othello is an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary Morrison gives voice and depth to the female characters, letting them speak and sing in the fullness of their hearts Desdemona is an extraordinary narrative of words, music and song about Shakespeares doomed heroine, who speaks from the grave about the traumas of race, class, gender, war and the transformative power of love Toni Morrison transports one of the most iconic, central, and disturbing treatments of race in Western culture into the new realities and potential outcomes facing a rising generation of the st century

12 thoughts on “Morrison, T: Desdemona (Oberon Modern Plays)

  1. Anru Anru says:

    All the discussion one catch watch on video about this play by Toni Morrison is utterly fascinating but the play itself reads as really poor like a moralising tract However, that is when I read it To see with a good director that cculd be very different.

  2. Susan K Susan K says:

    I bought this play for a class It s beautifully written like it wouldn t be, given it s a Toni Morrison I was lucky enough to recently attend a staged reading of it, and it s even better in performance If you get a chance to see it, I highly recommend it.

  3. T. Decker T. Decker says:

    I received a very corrupted copy of this play, where whole verses at the bottom of the page were missing The speaker indications were not clear, and the introduction of characters without any hint of who they are and what they represent was very confusing In all, not a well thought out project.

  4. Melissa from Hawaii Melissa from Hawaii says:

    School use.

  5. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    Can t speak for myself as this was a gift for my granddaughter in college but she loved it

  6. Master808Funky Master808Funky says:

    Love it

  7. 5 Margins 5 Margins says:

    The valiant never taste of death but once William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Sc II, Act ii,ln 32 Dying twice is the curse of the cowardly according to Caesar In the case of Toni Morrison s Desdemona misery is the curse for having but one life after gaining wisdom in death At first glance, Morrison s response to Sellars and Shakespeare is a provocative though unnececessary sequel She is playing in the light, as it turns out Perhaps she is the first dramatist to do so and Shakespeare the earliest to play in the dark Both execute their purposes with a sharp sense of their central characters Shakespeare s tragedy uses the acceptable Moor who is nearly absent from his own story to discuss evil i.e., to discuss Iago In some ways recalling how Julius Caesar tells the story of Brutus Morrison uses a rather shallow Desdemona to move forward with brevity a re examination of the motivation and character of the Moor, Othello.Morrison presents a morality piece and introduces a preferable defense for the noble General s brutal reaction to warnings from his trusted ensign She offers disloyalty in service rather than simple mindedness or raw passion for the slaying of the naive Desdemona a traditionally intelligible retribution Morrison gives an overdue reminder to readers the loyal Moor is married to the military Desdemona is a plausible characterization of the suffering and slain now enlightened paramour to Othello The full soldier takes the war that surrounds him as his lover Re directing attention to a mature Desdemona musing over her youth and its trivial cf 7, 37 romantic provocations prolongs the classic drama enough for her to grow in wisdom, to discover a defensible motive for her death, and to have her story placed within the descriptive history of the times.Sa ran as Desdemona s nurse, Barbary, becomes the voice of clarity and symbol of the dark environment among the common population of Shakespeare s England as compared to the insular royal life of the Elizabethan court England enters into slave trade with the New World There is the scourge of the Black Death on land, scurvy, the formidable Barbary pirates at sea, and the actual or predicted death of the beloved virgin queen, Elizabeth Shakespeare creates a credible and sympathetic black Other Othello to fight battles for the wealthy against brutes and sets a petty officer beside the Other with whom he closely binds The envious attendant projects personal jealously for his missed promotion onto the General in an otologic plot of mortal intent Unfortunately, the play s actors and audiences likewise are infected with suggestions of jealous rage.Morrison and Shakespeare acknowledge generals fight battles to win and to punish rather than to gain peace or discernment In both their tragedies, attention subtly turns to the glaring attribute likely found in most successful military officers militarism A carefully analyzed soldier of rank proves his utter efficiency and unconditional subordination of all interests save those affairs of war Profound unguarded trust and warmheartedness required of genuine love unlike the love glibly expressed by most of the characters throughout the original drama demonstrate weakness to adversaries and are feelings foreign to the warrior experience especially when combat training starts at a very early age The dark tragedy of Morrison s Desdemona is her late coming awareness of the impact of militarism, its killing ways, and her eternal inability to affect change without another opportunity at life.

  8. Sri Ahimsa Sri Ahimsa says:

    More men need to be introduced to Desdemona It was an experience I needed It would be a welcome addition to sensitivity training classes no matter the basic topic Seeing the point of view from other perspectives is jarring and enlightening.

  9. M1Hop2 M1Hop2 says:

    Toni Morrison never let s you down.

  10. says:

    Reading that Toni Morrison had embarked on another venture thrilled me As an established and outstanding writer, she offers the reader an insight into the female psyche To hear Desdemona s voice after her silence for hundreds of years was enticing Although Ms Morrison gives Desdemona a voice, Desdemona s characterization does not provoke empathy or understanding The introduction provides insight to Desdemona s character than the text of the work Perhaps one day, Ms Morrison will truly take us into the psyche of Desdemona.

  11. Sue H Redman Sue H Redman says:

    Morrison s beautiful language makes reading her work an almost etherial experience Desdemona brings back all her other works Maybe I will go back and experience the magic again Sue Redman

  12. albe albe says:

    views of othello and desdemona an other characters that i had never consider or had an inkling of like wow