Iago knows he will probably be executed for his role in Desdemona and Othello's deaths, but he is genuinely satisfied with himself, having seen his plan through to completion. . Othello from Othello by William Shakespeare. “News, lads! Her relationship with Iago is not strong becauseIago, like his interactions with the other characters, truly loves no one but uses them for his own gain.He only shows interest in her when she brings him the handkerchief, and his interest is not in her asmuch as in the handkerchief. As a result when Iago creates rumors of Desdemona’s involvement with Cassio, Othello’, being already insecure with himself falls deep into Iago’s trap. Before Othello begins, Roderigo has been pursuing Desdemona, a Venetian noblewoman. Before Othello arrived, Montano was gravely wounded by Cassio. Iago poisons Othello’s mind with lies about love, Desdemona, and his trusted lieutenant, Cassio and causes him to destroy them both. Othello was first mentioned in a Revels account of 1604 when the play was performed on 1 November at Whitehall Palace with Richard Burbage almost certainly Othello's first interpreter. After listening to both sides of the story, what is the Duke’s reply? He then continues by saying he sadly must dink all the time. Why? Desdemona's kindness, Othello's jealously, how nice Cassio is to Desdemona . Brabantio complains to the Duke about Othello’s marriage to Desdemona. Iago tells him to use his reason, to hold back his passion( that they should “be conjunctive in (their) revenge against him (Othello).”-Roderigo is a train-wreck. Come, be a man: drown thyself! Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdued eyes. He craves revenge (“ arise black vengeance from the hollow hell”), a less noble, more volatile emotion. Cassio greets the women with great courtesy and he is happy that they have arrived safely. Othello sends the musicians away; he does not want to hear the music. Although literal poison did not kill Othello and Desdemona, they were killed by Iago’s poisonous tongue, so here poison did kill the couple. . The repetition shows that Othello is trying to force himself to kill Desdemona because he really does not want. It was given to his mother by an Egyptian witch. “I do not like the office; /But, sith I am enter’d in this cause so far,– /Prick’d to it by foolish honesty and love,– /I will go on. Iago’s attitude is “just get over it.” In his 28 years he has never seen a “love” worth dying for and has “never found man that knew how to love himself.” “Ere I say I would drown myself for the love of a Guinea-hen, I would change my humanity with a baboon.” (Act I.iii.p13). Why does Iago want Roderigo to anger Cassio? He plans to turn Othello against his lieutenant, Cassio, by making him think Cassio and Desdemona are together. A broken heart from the marriage. He is a black man living among white men who are sometimes make judgments about his race and how it affects his work. I did so: and take heed on’t; /Make it a darling like your precious eye; /To lose’t or give’t away were such perdition /As nothing else could match.” “…’Tis true: there’s magic in the web of it: /A sibyl, that had number’d in the world /The sun to course two hundred compasses, /In her prophetic fury sew’d the work; /The worms were hallow’d that did breed the silk; /And it was dy’d in mummy which the skillful /Conserv’d of maiden’s hearts.” (Act III.iv.p4). More Info. The Duke respects his military accomplishments and trusts him more than any other as a General to protect the Venetians. and when I love thee not, /Chaos is come again.) What is the situation at sea? Responses, however, will vary based on students’ prior and personal experiences and knowledge. In his final speech, Othello will confirm, to a certain degree, this notion of Iago’s. 8. July 5, 2019. Where are we as Act 2 begins? Iago also has not has time to support his suspicions with more “evidence.” His convoluted and artfully wicked plan needs time to be fully developed. What emotion seems to be governing Iago’s thoughts and actions? Top Answer. /My wayward husband hath ahundred times /Woo’d me to steal it; but she so loves the token,– /For he conjur’d her she shouldever keep it,– /That she reserves it evermore about her /To kiss and talk to. Othello Test Review DRAFT. It is compound when she realizes that he used her to get the handkerchief. Why does Roderigo want to kill himself. /Come, go with me apart; I will withdraw /To furnish me with some swift means of death /For the fair devil. Othello and the troops must prepare the warships for departure. Of one that loved not wisely but too well; Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought. The story revolves around its two central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, and his treacherous ensign, Iago. And when I love thee not, /Chaos is come again.”(Act III.iii.p4). (Act I.iii.p8). 7. Who is Lodovico, and why has he come to Venice? Because he reluctantly gives his “jewel” the implication is a warning to treasure the jewel as he has or “else”. What piece of evidence regarding the handkerchief Othello gave to Desdemona does Iago offer Othello? -If Desdemona would take up Cassio’s cause, it would appear as though she would favor him. The Duke admits that even his own daughter could fall for his honest charms and he further goes on to say to Brabantio, “If virtue no delighted beauty lack, your son-in-law is far more fair than black.” (Act I.iii.p12). What is Othello’s response to Desdemona as she leaves? Iago is arrested and sent to trial after Othello wounds him (he doesn't even die). Once the captain becomes drunk, he is drawn into a brawl and attacks Montano, a former Cypriot official, badly wounding him. ... (Cassio) and fools himself into believing that he is the instrument of divine justice when he kills Desdemona. What three facts regarding Desdemona and Othello's marriage does Iago use to further bring doubt into Othello's mind? Cassio becomes the temporary leader of the troops at Cyprus, and Lodovico and Gratiano are to carry the news of the tragedy back to Venice. He is devastated and emotionally broken. “I am glad I have found this napkin; /This was her first remembrance from the Moor. While discussing, Iago’s reluctance to answer cultivate Othello’s growing doubts. Othello August 7, 2019. The desperate tempest hath so bang’d the Turks/ That their designment halts” (Act II.i.p2). daisycake. Othello explains that the handkerchief is a family heirloom given to him by his mother. What warning does Brabantio give to Othello? The Duke sends for Othello (the General) because the Turks are preparing to invade Cyprus. Othello dies by his own hand. Iago hates the Moor mostly out of jealousy and the fact than he has not chosen Iago as his lieutenant. His credulity is incredible. 4. Iago’s ship arrives second. By being reluctant to tell Othello his thoughts and making Othello drag the information out of him, Iago did lend credibility to his tale and did hold Othello’s friendship. What does the argument in 3.4.75-95 (between Othello & Desdemona) show about both Othello and Desdemona? Iago also agrees to support Roderigo in this matter because he, too, hates the Moor. [“hang clogs” literally block, obstruction—but also—literally a weight attached to restrict an animals movement.-Brabantio also warns him to beware because she has deceived her father – she is very likely to deceive him as well. Although literal poison did not kill Othello and Desdemona, they were killed by Iago’s poisonous tongue, so here poison did kill the couple. Because the Moor loves her,he too, would “love” to use her for Othello’s destruction. Iago kills himself so that in the end he atones and takes punishment for what he has done: Othello Flashcards. Roderigo complains that his money is almost spent and he wishes to return defeated to Venice. Othello directly told Cassio not to drink too much and to keep order. How does Cassio greet Desdemona and Emilia? http://shakespeare-navigators.com/othello/S52.html. What responses do Iago and Othello have to seeing Cassio leave Desdemona? What happens to Montano in Othello? At this point in the plot, Othello’s state of mind may be so emotionally wrought, thateven the producing of proof (the handkerchief) may not be enough to sway him from his belief that she has been unfaithful. Othello burst at Iago, but we stopped him. Why doesn’t Iago simply tell Othello right away that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair? Othello is of Black African descent, which separates him from many in his Venetian world. What happens to Iago, Cassio and Othello in the end? Iago is very quick thinking and builds his lies very quickly, using Othello’s responses. Iago plans to plant it with Cassio. Othello compares himself to the "base Indian," someone in a now unknown tale who threw away a pearl because he was ignorant of its true worth. Tell me but this,– /Have you not sometimes seen a handkerchief /Spotted with strawberries in your wife’s hand?” “…but such a handkerchief,– /I am sure it was your wife’s,–did I today /See Cassio wipe his beard with.” (Act III.iii.p20). Othello kills himself so that his pride would remain to his death, also because he realises the crime that he has committed deserves death as an act of justice. A fair hearing for the accused (which he himself got after eloping with Desdemona) is never considered. He would not waste his time on such a sniveling “snipe” (fool) as Roderigo if he could not use him as a pawn for his own profit. Shortly after murdering Desdemona, Othello learns that his suspicions of her (for being adulterous with Casio) were unfounded, and that the whole plot to make him jealous was engineered by Iago. 2011-01-03 03:30:45 2011-01-03 03:30:45. When she was dying she gave it to me and told me to give it to my wife when I got married. Why does Iago “hate the Moor”? She feels tht men do not truly love women they only use them and toss them away when they are no longer useful. He killed himself because of the injustice that he strangled his wife to death out of suspicion, he thinks he could not bear living after what he has done. Othello’s love for Desdemona is solid as can be seen through line 93 of Act 3, Scene 3. Her suspicion causes her to question him about where he got the handkerchief, and she mistakenly assumes he got it from a new girlfriend. He now wants to speak not of what is to become of him, but of what he is: When you shall these unlucky deeds relate, Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak. Iago confidently feels that Othello, who readily trusts Cassio, “can be easily lead by the nose” into believing that Cassio is too close to Desdemona, thus making the Moor, completely jealousy and furious with Cassio. Emilia realises what has happened and betrays Iago‘s plots against Othello. Iago is arrested and sent to trial after Othello wounds him (he doesn't even die). His eyes are lowered in grief ("subdued") and the tears flow as fast as all the drops of sap ("gum") in a grove of trees that have been tapped to harvest the fluid. What lie does Iago tell Montano about Cassio? He is devastated and guilty he killed his innocent wife, he feels like there is no reason to live anymore since his wife is dead. She repeatedly asks Othello to reconcile with Cassio to the point of begging which only makes his suspicion grow. For Othello, the argument reveals that he has been completely captured in Iago’s web of destruction.Because Desdemona cannot produce the handkerchief (proof) Othello’s rage and jealousy intensify. Designed by GonThemes. -He told Montano that Cassio was drunk every night. Emilia has spoken to him, and revealed Iago’s doings. He also suspects that both Othello and Cassio were lecherous with his wife. How does Iago get back in Othello’s good graces? /I fear the trust Othello puts him in, /On some odd time of his infirmity, /Will shake this island.” “‘Tis evermore the prologue to his sleep.” (ActII.iii.p5). Cassio got the promotion over Iago because his learning included theory and strategy whereas Iago’s did not. How would you grade Iago on racial insensitivity? What is Lodovico's reaction to Othello's behavior towards Desdemona? It is possible that the history of the handkerchief is embellished by his passion and emotional state as he describes its “powers” and importance. Othello declares himself "one who loved not wisely, but too well," and then sums up the bulk of the play—how he didn't get jealous quickly, but once tricked he was driven to madness. What has moved him from love to jealousy? Thus he denies to himself that he is killing her for himself, because he is jealous, because his sense of honor has been wounded. Lines 15-24. Othello murders her and, upon discovering Iago's deceit, kills himself. O, damn her! Who is Brabantio, and why do Iago and Roderigo awaken him in the middle of the night? She will realize she made a mistake and leave Othello. When alone, Othello and Iago discuss relationships and commitment. What is the outcome of Cassio’s drinking? After several urgings from Othello, he explains the “truth’ to Othello. Desdemona is the daughter of the Venetian senator Brabantio. In his final note, he pulls out a hidden weapon and stabs himself, the same way he once stabbed a … He sacrifices his wife, his love, all that makes life worth living to his sense of honor, and then finding that this very sacrifice has brought not honor but dishonor, as he is now a "murderer," he sacrifices himself to his honor, and dies by his own hand. Iago sparks Othello’s suspicion of Cassio and his wife being alone together by saying “Ha! Terrible storms are at sea as the Venetian ships arrive. Turk," so he will punish himself, and so he pulls out his dagger and gives himself a deadly wound.". "— S. T. Coleridge. Othello does not “act” like a stereotypical “moor” or black man of Shakespeare’s times. Othello, facing the inevitability of his own trial, uses a hidden weapon to commit suicide. What is her relationship to Cassio? It is then when she realizes her husband, Iago, used her in his devious plan. Laurence Fishburne as Othello Desdemona? One could argue that Othello is easily manipulated but as an honest man himself, he has no reason to doubt Iago. Once he felt he was one of the "great ones" (273); now his pride in himself and in Desdemona's love for him is destroyed. They are fond of each other. 8. "Judean" is an alternative reading for "Indian," in which case Othello would be comparing himself to Herod the great, who, in a fit of jealousy, had his beloved wife killed. This is first observed through repetition. He sure does. "Othello does not kill Desdemona in jealousy, but in a conviction forced upon him by the almost superhuman art of Iago, such as any man must and would have entertained who had believed lago's honesty as Othello did. Hours ago, he was filled with the spirit of a young bridegroom; now he is reduced to ignominy. They care deeply for each other, however, not romantically. "Judean" is an alternative reading for "Indian," in which case Othello would be comparing himself to Herod the great, who, in a fit of jealousy, had his beloved wife killed. Othello Characters July 24, 2019. -He lied, telling Othello that Cassio had a dream in which he cried out to Desdemona, saying “Let us be wary, let us hide our loves” and “Cursed fated that gave thee to the Moor!” Then Iago told Othello that he saw Cassio with Desdemona’s handkerchief.-Again, Iago feigns reluctance to assist Othello in such a grave matter. She rejected him and he father is annoyed by hiscontinuing to court her and especially annoyed when awaken in the middle of the night by Roderigo. What does Iago intend to do with it? Play this game to review Literature. -“Come hither, Moor: / I here do give thee that with all my heart/ Which, but thou hast already, with all my heart/ I would keep from thee.—For your sake, jewel,/ I am glad at soul I have no other child;/ For thy escape would teach me tyranny, / to hang clogs on them.—I have done, my lord. How does Othello kill himself? Iago has no solid evidence; it is pure speculation and psychological instability on his part. O, damn her! Save. Othello and Desdemona both strongly profess their love for each other in Act I. Farewell the tranquil mind; farewell content — Othello; Act 3 Scene 3. Othello then kills himself, and Iago is taken away to be tortured and executed. She must have change. So pay attention. Roderigo courted and is in love with Desdemona. -Cassio gave it to Bianca, his prostitute friend, for her to take out the design.-Bianca has the handkerchief at the end of Act III because Cassio gave it to her to hold. Cassio, out of friendship for Desdemona, and out of loyalty to Othello, shows deep concern for her safety and well-being. What is her emotional response? Othello kills himself at the end of the play because he murders his wife and then learns that she was innocent. How is it possible to love "too well?" Cassio, carefully manipulated by Iago, did drink too much and chaos ensued. 12th grade. Copyright © 1999 - 2020 GradeSaver LLC. Sound familiar? He weeps over her, lamenting that he must kill what he loves most, alluding to the Biblical passage Hebrews 12:6: "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth." Pure and utter jealousy and hated consume Iago’s thoughts. “I think this tale would win my daughter too.” (Act I.iii.-p8) The Duke admires Othello’s skill, nobility and bravery in battle and war affairs. Othello allows jealousy to consume him, murders Desdemona, and then kills himself. answer choices He tells Othello he saw Cassio wiping his beard with the handkerchief. “I greet thy love, /Not with vainthanks, but with acceptance bounteous, /And will upon the instant put thee to’t: /Within these threedays let me hear thee say /That Cassio’s not alive.” “…Damn her, lewd minx! Othello August 7, 2019. Cassio asks Emilia to briefly speak with Desdemona alone. Drown cats and blind puppies.” (ActI.iii.p14) Furthermore, Desdemona’s love for the Moor will fade; be there and you will win her. Answer. He jumps very fast into conclusions that lead to a downfall. There’s magic in its fabric. Iago has been so successful that Othello feels compelled to kill himself, explaining that “I kissed thee ere I killed thee—no way but this, Killing myself to die upon a kiss” (5.2.). Othello (The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603.It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro ("A Moorish Captain") by Cinthio (a disciple of Boccaccio's), first published in 1565. How can anyone provide proof of fidelity? Iago simply usesRoderigo’s weaknesses against him. Othello would kill Desdemona himself. After Iago’s lies are seen Othello kills himself with a concealed weapon this is ironic because he had said he would only endure death if had proof regarding Desdemona’s infidelity. -Roderigo was love sick and depressed, seeing no hope for his winning Desdemona now that she is married to Othello. Othello tries to use religious prejudice against Muslims to cement his place within mainstream Christian Venetian society. Iago feels cheated by the selection of the “book-smart” Cassio’s selection as lieutenant. What does Emilia tell Cassio that Desdemona is already doing for him? Iago carefully cultivates Othello’s growing suspicion. In Act III, Emilia was still more loyal to Iago than to Desdemona, she did not tell Desdemona about the handkerchief-Emilia is Iago’s wife and attendant to Desdemona. How does Bianca's return with the handkerchief help Iago? Holding a candle, Othello stands over the sleeping Desdemona and prepares to kill her. Iago has been so successful that Othello feels compelled to kill himself, explaining that “I kissed thee ere I killed thee—no way but this, Killing myself to die upon a kiss” (5.2.). He articulates his contrived plan to topple the great Othello by turning him against his trusted lieutenant, Cassio. Who is Othello, and why is he so respected by the Duke? What does the discussion between Desdemona and Emilia tell us about their relationship? Roderigo is easily manipulated by Iago because of his lovesickness for Desdemona. 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