"Nothing" in "Othello".
There are some indications as to the fact that the word "nothing" could mean female genitals in Elizabethan English. A woman seems to have nothing between her legs, and this nothing both reassures and threatens men. If the nothing is in a man's exclusive possession, it is only his to fill. However, if a woman is to become an individual owner of her own nothing, then god knows who's going to fill the gaping hole. The nothing becomes an abyss that swallows a man's virility, and then as Othello puts it: "chaos is come again" (III.ii.92-3).
The chaos of paranoid jealousy is the specific chaos…
- "Nothing" in "Othello".
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