English : Othello key quotes

Were i the Moor i would not be IagoIn following him i follow but myself;Heaven is my judge, not i for love and duty (could put … here to break up) But seeming so for my peculiar end.For when my outward action doth demonstrate The Native act and figure of my heart In compliment extern, ’tis not long after(Could rejoin … here )But i will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at. I am not what i am – ACT 1 Scene 1 – (I) to (R)- follows Othello Not out of “love” or “duty” but because he feels he can exploit him (b/cos he thinks he slept with Emilia.- he will demonstarte his innate feelings on a day his is vulnerable ” I will wear my heart upon my sleeve / For daws to peck at.” – impling it will never happen.- speech shows Iagos cryptic elliptical manner of speaking. ” were i the moor i woud not be Iago” and “i am not what i am” – hide alot and h=show (I) playing the game of deception with (R) and audience.- speech is emblematic of Iagos power throught the play
I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs. – ACT 1 Scene 1- (I) telling Brabantio (O) and (D) are having sex- beast with two backs – Euphemistic metaphor.- Shakespeare uses Idioms.
And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms agaisnt your honour. – ACT 1 Scene 2- (I) is planting seeds of doubt in (O) head- Scurvy was a disease – (B) was talking ill of (O)
Faith he tonight hath boarded a land carack.If it prove lawful prize, he’s made forever. – ACT 1 Scene 2- “carack” ; metaphor for piracy – (D) is the treasure that (O) has stolen.- (I) degrades (O) – links to piracy and race- echoes (B) earlier “thief”
“Damned as thou art, thou hast enchanted her! For I’ll refer me to all things of sense,If she in chains of magic were not bound, Whether a maid, so tender, fair, and happy,So opposite to marriage that she shunnedThe wealthy curled darlings of our nation, Would ever have, t’incur a general mock,Run from her guardage to the sooty bosomOf such a thing as thou—to fear, not to delight.”Judge me the world, if tis not gross in sense That thou hast practised on her with foul charms,Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals – ACT 1 Scene 2- (B) about (O) – “enchanted her” / “chains of magic” / “foul charms” / “Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals.” ; ALL motifs of which craft / Magic / The devil ( the devil was belived to be black during late 16th century.- (B) belives the only way (D) will ever have fallen or fall in love with (O) is through some kind of dark art.
“She is abused, stol’n from me, and corrupted By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks.”…”sans witchcraft could not” -ACT 1 Scene 3- (B) about (D) but with regards to (O)- motifs of witchcraft again ; ” spells and medicines” / “witchcraft”
‘what drugs, what charms What conjuration and what mighty magic(for such i am charged withal)I won his Daughter – ACT 1 Scene 3 – (O) In reaction to (B) witchcraft claims
Her father loved me; oft invited me;Still question’d me the story of my life,From year to year, the battles, sieges, fortunes,That I have passed.I ran it through, even from my boyish days,To the very moment that he bade me tell it;Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances,Of moving accidents by flood and fieldOf hair-breadth scapes i’ the imminent deadly breach,Of being taken by the insolent foeAnd sold to slavery, of my redemption thenceAnd portance in my travels’ history:Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle,Rough quarries, rocks and hills whose heads touch heavenIt was my hint to speak,–such was the process;And of the Cannibals that each other eat,The Anthropophagi and men whose headsDo grow beneath their shoulders. – ACT 1 Scene 3 – (O) solilique -(D) falls in love with (O) stories – she pittys him- (O) history is ambiguious whereas (D) is clear – SLAVERY !!!!!- (O) tragic life stories show his love will only end in tradjedy.
I do perceive here a divided duty:To you I am bound for life and education;…But here’s my husband. – ACT 1 Scene 3 – 1st time (D) is introduced ( also first female voice)-(D) is talking in a room full of powerfull men – highlighting her confidence – shows she has respect for her father and always will – However she ulitmatly chooses (O) over (B)
One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,A fellow almost damned in a fair wife,That never set a squadron in the field,Nor the division of a battle knowsMore than a spinster—unless the bookish theoric,Wherein the togèd consuls can proposeAs masterly as he: mere prattle, without practiceIs all his soldiership. But he, sir, had the election;And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proofAt Rhodes, at Cyprus and on other groundsChristian and heathen, must be beleed and calmedBy debitor and creditor. This counter-caster,He, in good time, must his lieutenant be. – (I) to (R)- ACT 1 Scene 1 – THEME = Jealousy – (I) claims he hates (O) because he passed him, over for a promotion, giving (C) the job as his military lieutenant instead. – (I) claims he’s far more qualified than (C), who lacks experience on the field of battle. – (I) is clearly jealous of (O) although could be manipulating (R) for excuse to go after (O)
I hate the Moor,And it is thought abroad, that ‘twixt my sheets’Has done my office. I know not if ‘t be true,But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,Will do as if for surety. – (I) – ACT 1 Scene 3 – here, Iago says he hates Othello because he’s heard a rumor that Othello has splet with Emilia, “twixt [Iago’s] sheets.”- Iago says he doesn’t exactly know if the rumor’s true,
Cassio’s a proper man. Let me see now:To get his place and to plume up my willIn double knavery—How, how? Let’s see.After some time, to abuse Othello’s earThat he is too familiar with his wife.He hath a person and a smooth disposeTo be suspected, framed to make women false.The Moor is of a free and open nature,That thinks men honest that but seem to be so,And will as tenderly be led by th’ noseAs asses are.I have ‘t. It is engendered. Hell and nightMust bring this monstrous birth to the world’s light. (1.3.435-447) – (I) telling audience his plan to fool (O)- ACT 1 Scene 3- (I) suspects Othello has been sleeping with his wife, Emilia. – Othello is so gullible, Iago will lead him “by the nose,” making Othello believe that his (O) wife is having an affair with Cassio. – Iago plans to plant the seeds of jealousy in Othello.-Iago sees his evil plan as a “monstrous birth,” a thing that he will bring to “light.”