Saad Daouil AP Literature Period 3 10/11/18 4
1. In lines 1-22, Iago is making Othello visualize Desdemona and Cassio in bed together. Iago then switches the subject and starts talking about the lost handkerchief to anger Othello, because he knows that Othello is doing his best to forget about it.”O, it comes o’er my memory As doth the raven o’er the infectious house, Boding to all”. This quote here is about Othello wishing that he could forget about the lost handkerchief. The plague reference is referring to the fact that Iago is tainting Othello’s mind with his lies. The change in syntax suggests that Othello is not in control of himself and his thoughts.
2. Iago tells Othello to hide so that he can listen to a conversation between Cassio and him. He will prove that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. Iago then tells the audience his real plan. He says that he’ll talk to Cassio about Bianca but Othello will think that their talking about his wife.
3. Iago starts talking about Bianca with Cassio and Cassio starts joking about how much Bianca adores him and how eager she is to marry him. All this time Othello thinks that their talking about Desdemona. Bianca helps move Iago’s plan forward. When Othello sees her he starts to think that Cassio is sleeping with not only Desdemona but Bianca as well. Bianca launches Desdemona’s handkerchief at Cassio’s face and Othello recognizes that it’s the handkerchief he gave to Desdemona, and this action is the ocular proof that Othello was looking for.
4. Iago says, “Do it not with poison. Strangle her in her bed, even the bed she hath contaminated.” He advocated this particular means of death because Othello will have to physically kill Desdemona and make her suffer.
1. Othello tries to get Emilia to confess that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair. Emilia tells him that he’s insane. She tells him that she has watched Cassio and Desdemona every minute that they’ve been together and that they haven’t done anything cynical. Othello says,”Yes, you have seen Cassio and she together.” Emilia then says, “But then I saw no harm, and then I heard Each syllable that breath made up between them.”
2. Desdemona is basically Othello’s heart to him. She gives him a reason to live in the terrible society he lives in. Infidelity kills Othello’s heart and its the one thing that he cannot tolerate.
3. Othello gives Emilia money to keep her mouth shut about what has gone down between Desdemona, Emilia, and him. “There’s money for your pains.He gives her money.I pray you turn the key and keep our counsel.”
4. Desdemona asks Emilia to put her wedding sheets on her bed. She does because the wedding sheets have proof that she isn’t unfaithful and that she’s only slept with Othello.
5. The conversation starts with Emilia telling Iago about all the demoralizing names that Othello has called Desdemona. The most upsetting name he called her is a whore. Iago acts like he doesn’t know why Othello’s actions are changing and pleads with Desdemona to stop crying. Emilia then says that only a really wicked person would feed Othello these lies about Desdemona’s infidelity in order to fuel Othello’s jealousy. This right here shows that Emilia believes in humanistic values because she seeking rational ways to solve Desdemona’s problems.
6. Iago tells Roderigo that Othello has to go back to Venice and that Cassio is going to take his place in Cyprus. All they have to do is “get rid” of Cassio and Roderigo will have Desdemona all to himself. They are planning to kill Cassio.
1. Othello tells Desdemona to go home and get ready for bed. He tells her that he’ll be there asap and he also tells her to send Emilia away.
2. Desdemona says, “So would not I. My love doth so approve him That even his stubbornness, his checks, his frowns—Prithee, unpin me—have grace and favor in them.” This amplifies the tragedy in this story because she’s saying that she loves Othello so much and that she would rather be with him even when he’s acting differently than live without him. She doesn’t know that he is planning to kill her and that he has completely changed.
3. After Othello strikes Desdemona, Emilia and Desdemona have a discussion about males infidelity. Emilia says that men are unfaithful because they want power and they’re driven by their weaknesses and insecurities.