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In act 2, scene 2 of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Macdonald's Iago enters carrying two buckets of filth. Discuss the dramatic and thematic purposes of this device.

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McDonald's Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet is filled with clever commentary for those who know Shakespeare's plays. She adds a twist as well to many of the more conventional readings of both classic tragedies.

In this scene, Iago is forced to carry buckets of waste—foul-smelling intestines, for instance—that mark him visually and odiferously as a foul contaminator of the marriage. With Constance, Desdemona is better able to act on her desire to be strong and adventurous, and she can deflect the insinuations that Iago throws in her direction.

An audience who knows Shakespeare's play can take comfort that Iago will not be able to destroy the leading characters. This offers a release from the deterministic tragedy one might expect and also adds to Constance's idea that a fool might have been part of these stories...

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