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Questions About Othello

  1. “Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore”
  • Spoken by Othello
  • Othello is calling Iago a villain because Othello wants proof of Iago calling Desdemona a whore. He doesn’t believe him and Iago needs to give him evidence.
  • My, Me, Mine is Othello
  • Iago heard this quote
  • The themes associated with this quote include jealously, as Othello is calling Iago a villain because Othello is deeply insane with jealously over Iago continually making accusations about his wife.
  • The next theme is appearance and reality, unbeknown to Othello, that Iago is manipulating him. The audience is already aware of his trickery, but by Othello calling him a villain reveals his true nature
  • The last theme reason vs emotion, as Othello is trying to reason with himself that what Iago is telling him is false although his emotions are getting the best of him.
  • The aspects of theatrical practice as the inner deeds are being shown to the audience but are still hidden from the main characters. Iago’s villainous nature is being called out, yet Othello still can’t see through Iago’s scheme.

  1. “I pray you, in your letters”
  • Spoken by Othello
  • Othello is about to kill himself he reminds them as they look back upon the story to remember him not as a brute but of kind man that loved too much, as he loved with his heart and not his head. Othello feels that in heat of passion of killing Desdemona he was confused as to her discretions, and went too far without proof.
  • I is Othello, You is Lodovico, Cassio, and Gratiano.
  • Lodovicio, Cassio, Gratiano, and Iago heard the quote
  • The themes address are Jealousy, Othello’s jealously overcame him as he was jealous of Desdemona and Iago, he tries to explain in, “Perplex’d in the extreme.”
  • Second theme Order vs. Chaos, The reasoning that Othello thought he had was flawed, and his emotions of jealously, rage, and foolish love overcame him.
  • Third Theme Appearance and Reality, Iago’s deception and manipulation drove Othello to murder Desdamona, and Othello admitted his mistakes decides to take his own life.
  • The aspects of philosophy are present, after Othello killed Desdoemona seeing her there and realizing his actions we became awash with reality and clarity, as he knew that the actions and the emotions that he acted on were wrong. “I pray you, in your letters, / When you shall these unlucky deeds relate.”
  1. “I hold my peace, sir? No”
  • Spoken by Emilia
  • As Othello pulls of the handkerchief, Emilia cries out to God, and everyone around that that is not the truth. Not paying attention to Iago, no one will stop her from telling the truth, no matter what people thought of her.
  • I is Emilia, Them is everyone including all the Men (Iago) on heaven and Earth.
  • Iago, Othello, Gratiano heard
  • The themes are, Order vs Chaos, in the height of the conversation between Othello and Iago, Othello pulls out the handkerchief thinking he had proof, but Emilia screams at the sight, while Iago draws a sword on her to keep quiet. Yet felt that she needed to let the truth be known.
  • Second Theme Appearance and Reality, the truth is being told by Emilia, as Othello feels he has “evidence of Desdemona’s wrong doing.
  • Third theme, Jealously, as Emilia was made jealous of Desdemona because of Iago, she let him cloud her judgment
  • The aspects of Renaissance culture as the greek tragedy is unfolded while Othello is seeing how he was deceived by Iago, this quote as Emilia cries out “Let heaven and men and devils, let them all” as she feels shame for her part
  1. “Think’st thou I’d make a life of jealousy”
  • Spoken by Othello
  • He is questioning Iago why is he telling him this information. Does Iago feel that he feels jealously every day, allowing new allegations to torment him every night?
  • I is Othello,
  • Iago heard this quote
  • The theme of jealously is clearer stated, as Othello questions Iago reasoning believing him to live a life of jealously every day.
  • The second them is of reason vs emotion. Othello knows that he cannot harp on new allegations of mistrust, because he sees if there is any doubt in his mind then there is no doubt.
  • The third theme is appearance vs reality. Unbeknownst to Othello, Iago is planting seeds in his head to deceive him into thinking that Desdemona is being unfaithful.
  • The aspects of philosophy are seen here, as Othello rationalizes using logic in his quote that he doesn’t dwell on allegations every day, “No; to be once in doubt, / Is once to be resolved”
  1. “Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty”
  • Spoken by Iago
  • Iago feels that the only one that can judge him is God, not his act of obeying and following Othello out of duty, but in doing so to get what he wants. If he really wanted to show who he was his heart would be on his sleeves left for the birds to peck at.
  • I is Iago
  • Rodrigo heard the quote
  • The theme of reason vs emotion, Iago is reasoning why he is acting the way he does, and why he feels that he must hide who he truly is to get what he wants
  • Second them is appearance vs reality, Iago clearly states that he is not who he appears to be.
  • Another significant point of Iago’s quote is that he feels hate towards Othello, in only following him to get what he wants from him.
  • The aspects of the Greek theatrical practice is evident in Iago’s quote as the art of focusing on the psychological instead of the physical are present, “For when my outward action doth demonstrate / The native act and figure of my heart / In compliment extern, ’tis not long after,” shows Iago inner thoughts.
  1. “O! beware, my lord, of jealousy”
  • Spoken by Iago
  • Iago is antagonizing Othello, by warning him of being jealous, because he know jealously breeds disastrous consequences. Once jealous is engrained in the head it grows into a monster.
  • My is Iago
  • Othello heard the quote
  • The theme is jealously, Iago says it in the first line, warning Othello not to be jealous of what he is telling him about Desdemona
  • The second theme is appearance and reality. Iago is trying to act as if he is being a friend by warning Iago not to be jealous, however he knows that the helping to plant the seeds of jealously
  • The third significance is that Iago knows that Othello already believes that Desdemona is cheating on him, so he mocks him by saying that the green ey’d monster feeds on the meat it mocks.
  • The aspects of renaissance culture is prevalent, as they would often put emotion with colors, as the “green ey’d monster” as green as seen as envy and jealousy
  1. “And, noble signior, / If virtue no delighted beauty lack”
  • Spoken by Duke of Venice
  • Is trying to explain to Brabantio that if good is beautiful, than Othello is beyond beautiful not black. He wanted Brabantio to Othello for more than just his skin color
  • Your refers to Othello
  • Brabantio, Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, and the Senators heard the quote
  • The theme of prejudice and hate are represented through the quote of the Duke denouncing what Brabantio thought of Othello, he is not only just black but virtuous as well.
  • The theme of appearance and reality, judgment upon Othello is seen through outside eyes, as the Duke tries to show Othello through another perspective
  • Another significant point is that the Duke sees past Othello skin and instead comparing him to virtuous.
  • The aspects of humanism are seen, as the Duke sees the value of Othello not just on the surface but as a human being, “your son-in-law is more fair than black.”
  1. “She, in spite of nature, / Of years, of country, credit, every thing”
  • Spoken by Brabantio
  • Despite Desdemona’s innocent nature, would you have me to believe that she would marry a man that she fears to look at. It is a ridiculous thought that goes against everything natural.
  • She is Desdemona
  • Duke of Venice, First Senator, and Othello heard
  • The theme of prejudice and hate is prevalent as Brabantio is being hateful towards Othello by insinuating that Desdemona would never marry him on her own free will.
  • The theme of reason vs emotion. As Brabantio tries to reason with the Duke and Senator based on his inert emotions of disbelief, shock, and denial
  • Another significance is the theme of appearance and reality as Brabantio sees his daughter as perfect and innocent that she wouldn’t lower herself to marry a black man.
  • The aspects of renaissance culture is executed, as moors were feared as their skin was darker, and many Grecians feared and mistreated them, and rarely married them.
  1. “O thou foul thief, where hast thou stow’d my daughter?”
  • Spoken by Brabantio
  • Brabantio is asking Othello where his daughter is. Has he cast some spell or enchantment on her because it doesn’t make sense to him.
  • You is Othello, She is Desdemona, I is Brabantio
  • Othello, Iago, Cassio, and First Officer heard
  • The theme represented is prejudice and hate, Brabantio is still in disbelief that his daughter is with a moor (black man), his hatred for Othello is insulting to thought process
  • The theme of reason vs emotion, Brabantio feels that Othello had to have cast a spell or enchantment to make Desdemona fall in love and marry him.
  • The theme of appearance and reality, Brabantio continues to insult Othello, by saying that anyone with eyes can see that a beautiful woman wouldn’t marry Othello without magic
  • The aspects of the renaissance culture are seen as people believe that they were enchanted or could be able to cast love spells to make people fall in love with them. “Damn’d as thou art, thou hast enchanted her”
  1. “Believe me, I had rather lost my purse”
  • Spoken Desdemona
  • Desdemona is saying that she rather have lost a bag of money than for her husband to suspect her of being unfaithful. His accusations seem to come out of nowhere.
  • Me, My, I is Desdemona
  • Emilia heard the quote
  • The theme of reason vs emotion is used, as Desdemona is trying to reason with herself and Emilia as to why Othello would suspect her of adultery
  • The theme of jealousy is prevalent, as she knows that Othello is a jealous man that is letting his emotions overcome rationality
  • Another theme is appearance and reality, Desdemona knows that he is jealous however wants to believe that Othello wouldn’t be so jealous that he would believe the accusations against her.
  • The aspects of renaissance culture are seen as the purse full of coins are seen as the purse Full of crusadoes are worth their weight in gold. Losing them would mean losing a lot of money.
  1. “The Moor already changes with my poison”
  • Spoken by Iago
  • Iago has already gotten to Othello. Othello is believing that Desdemona is being unfaithful, his mind has been poison
  • My is Iago
  • No one hears this quote
  • The theme of reason vs emotion is shown with Iago letting Othello’s emotions of jealousy get the best of him. And allowing Iago to poison his mind
  • The theme of hate, Iago has built up so much hate for Othello, that he revels in the fact that Othello has fallen for his misdeeds
  • The theme of appearance and reality. In reality Desdemona is faithful wife, however through Iago’s manipulation Othello has falling prey to the trap that Iago has set
  • The theatrical practice of soliloquy is shown because Iago is performing his solo speech to the audience, sharing his personal thoughts about his deception.