Iachimo


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Iachimo

scorns and craftily tests feminine virtue. [Br. Lit.: Cymbeline]
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In the concluding paragraphs of his book, Redmond seems to make Iachimo stand for King James I (or for Shakespeare?
Compare another Shakespearean example of proof or evidence involving personal property, in Cymbeline: Posthumus gives Imogen a bracelet that Iachimo subsequently steals, offering it as "proof" that he has seduced Imogen.
40); unlike the attainder, however, Ralph Roister Doister foregrounds the contingency of female reputation on male report, whereas Cymbeline goes a stage further, dramatizing the illicit means by which Iachimo obtains the information used to impugn Imogen's virtue.
Anton Lesser, a one-time RSC Richard III, possesses all the vaporous bile required of Iachimo, who maliciously tricks poor Posthumus, while Paul Chahidi does justice to the clod-hopping Cloten.
The slimy Iachimo has bet her husband that he can relieve the chaste young woman of her virtue while her even more vile step-brother Cloten has loutish, violent designs on her person.
Repeatedly, Posthumus Leonatus, Imogen, Iachimo, and other characters of this romantic tragicomedy apply the prefixes of "out" and "o'er" to many words to convey straining ideas of unparalleled beauty, virtue, courtesy, or betrayal and degradation.
The Machiavellian machinations of Cloten and his mother, the nameless Queen (a coolly contemptuous Carol Mayo Jenkins), are counterpointed by the Iago-like cunning of the Italian Iachimo (a suavely vicious Robertson Dean), who places an ill-advised wager with Posthumus that he can seduce Imogen.
When Posthumus, enraged by Iachimo's report of Imogen's seeming infidelity, pornographically imagines the act of betrayal, he characterizes Iachimo as 'a full Acorn'd Boare, a Iarmen on, [Who] Cry'de oh, and mounted' (TLN 1354-55).
The hidden intruder, for example Iachimo in the bedchamber of Imogen in Cymbeline, may have quite a different sinister purpose and escape detection.
ii in which Iachimo emerges in Imogen's bedchamber (pp.
Iachimo narrates what he has seen inside Imogen's bedchamber:
Posthumus goes to Rome, where he meets Iachimo and makes a wager on Imogen's virtue.