Monday, November 28, 2005

Shakespeare-inspired Tent for Peace

Sewn-together forgiveness handkerchiefs headed for Lebanon

BEIRUT: A Tent for Peace is headed for Lebanon, woven by children from around the world and inspired by one of William Shakespeare's best-known plays. In the ambitious hope of promoting love, peace and forgiveness, the Shakespeare's Globe organization's Globe Education program launched an international handkerchief design contest based on the playwright's Othello. In the play, Othello gives his wife Desdemona a handkerchief "spotted with strawberries" as a love-token. But when Desdemona cannot find it, Othello's jealous suspicions erupt into rage and Desdemona offers a second handkerchief - a handkerchief of peace and forgiveness - to calm him.

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