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Othello says the following of Desdemona's tears:

If that the earth could teem with woman's tears
Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile (4.1.251-252).

Why does Shakespeare include the metaphor of the crocodile?


Crocodiles are said to weep true tears for their victims.


Crocodiles are said to weep hypocritical tears for their victims.


Crocodiles are said not to weep but merely to devour their victims.


Crocodiles are said to smile to the face of the victim and then to cry following the kill.


Crocodiles are said to cry when it is convenient to their cause.

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