Othello Final

What does Iago mean when he says that Cassio is “a great arithmetician”? a man who knows more about math than fighting
2. Explain, in your own words, what Iago means by this statement (1.1.35 -): ‘Tis the curse of service;Preferment goes by letter and affection, Not by old gradation, where each second Stood heir to the first. you get promoted through favoritism,, not experience
3. Explain, in your own words, what Iago means by the following (1.1.43 -): We cannot all be masters, nor all mastersCannot be truly followed. You shall markMany a duteous and knee-crooking knave,That, doting on his own obsequious bondage,Wears out his time much like his master’s ass,For nought but provender, and when he’s old, cashiered. Whip me such honest knaves. Others there areWho, trimmed in forms and visages of duty,Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves,And, throwing but shows of service on their lords,Do well thrive by them; and when they have lined their coats, Do themselves homage. These fellows have some soul;And such a one do I profess myself.For, sir,It is as sure as you are Roderigo,Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago;In following him, I follow but myself. Iago explains to Rodrigo that he is serving under Othello to take advantage of him… “I may seem to obey him, but I am really obeying myself”
Whom are Iago and Othello discussing in the following passage? What is Iago’s agenda? (1.2.1. -) IAGOThough in the trade of war I have slain men,Yet do I hold it very stuff o’ the conscienceTo do no contrived murder. I lack iniquitySometimes to do me service. Nine or ten timesI had thought to have yerked him here under the ribs.OTHELLO’Tis better as it is.IAGONay, but he prated,And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms Against your honour,That, with the little godliness I have,I did full hard forbear him. they’re talking about rodrigo. trying to turn othello against Rodrigo
5. What does the word “fast” mean in Iago’s question to Othello, “Are you fast married”? (1. 2.11) is there marriage official? is it confirmed?
6. What does Othello mean by the following (1.2.24 -): For know, Iago,But that I love the gentle Desdemona,I would not my unhoused free condition Put into circumscription and confineFor the sea’s worth. if he didn’t love Desdamona as much as he does, he wouldn’t lose his freedom and agree to get married to her
7. What does Othello mean by the following (1.2.30 -)? What is the meaning of the word “parts” here? I must be found.My parts, my title, and my perfect soul Shall manifest me rightly. she accepts him for all parts of his character
What does Brabantio mean by the following (1.2.30 -): 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 senseThat thou hast practised on her with foul charms, Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals That weakens motion: I’ll have’t disputed on;’Tis probable and palpable to thinking.I therefore apprehend and do attach thee For an abuser of the world, a practiserOf arts inhibited and out of warrant. Brabantio accuses Othello of using with=ch craft to make Desdamona love him
What is First Senator saying here? (1.3.17 – ) This cannot be,By no assay of reason. ‘Tis a pageantTo keep us in false gaze. When we considerThe importancy of Cyprus to the Turk,And let ourselves again but understandThat as it more concerns the Turk than Rhodes,So may he with more facile question bear it,For that it stands not in such warlike brace,But altogether lacks the abilitiesThat Rhodes is dressed in. If we make thought of this, We must not think the Turk is so unskilfulTo leave that latest which concerns him first, Neglecting an attempt of ease and gainTo wake and wage a danger profitless. military science aspect. lacks the ability of Rhodes
10. What is Brabantio saying here? (1.3.52 – )Neither my place nor aught I heard of businessHath raised me from my bed, nor doth the general care Take hold on me; for my particular griefIs of so flood-gate and o’erbearing natureThat it engluts and swallows other sorrowsAnd yet is still itself. not the fact that he is senator or business brought him here, I have a personal problem that needs assistance
11. What does Brabantio mean by the following? (1.3.94 -) A maiden never bold;Of spirit so still and quiet, that her motion Blushed at herself; and she, in spite of nature, Of years, of country, credit, everything,To fall in love with what she fear’d to look on? Brabantio is saying that she is a good young lady so she could not have fallen for Othello
12. What is Othello saying here? (1.3.144 -) This to hearWould Desdemona seriously incline;But still the house affairs would draw her thence, Which ever as she could with haste dispatch, She’d come again, and with a greedy earDevour up my discourse; which I observing,Took once a pliant hour… Tha he didn’t cast a spell on Desdamona, she fell for him because of his stories
13. WhoistheDukeofVenicespeakingtointhefollowingpassage?Whatdoeshemean?(1.3.171-) Take up this mangled matter at the best:Men do their broken weapons rather useThan their bare hands. telling Brabantio to move on and make the bets of the situation
15. What is Desdemona saying in the following passage (1.3.248 -): I saw Othello’s visage in his mind,And to his honour and his valiant partsDid I my soul and fortunes consecrate.So that, dear lords, if I be left behind,A moth of peace, and he go to the war,The rites for which I love him are bereft me, And I a heavy interim shall supportBy his dear absence. even though others see Othello differently, she sees him as a beautiful and amazing man. she wants to see him in war-like situations
16. What is Othello saying in this passage (1.3.264 -): When light-winged toysOf feathered Cupid seel with wanton dullness My speculative and officed instruments,That my disports corrupt and taint my business, Let housewives make a skillet of my helm,And all indign and base adversities Make head against my estimation! If I ever let love blind me, so that I choose love instead of war, his reputation would be disgraced. He won’t be distracted by her
17. Why would Roderigo want to drown himself (i.e., die) in 1.3.301 – ? bc he can’t have Desdamona
18. What is the gist of Iago’s “Put money in thy purse” speech (1.3.324 -), and what is the ultimate aim of this exhortation? get money and follow Desdamona, sell house and land
19. What does Iago mean by the following: (1.3.368 -), I hate the Moor,And it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets He’s done my office. I know not if’t be true Yet I, for mere suspicion in that kind,Will do as if for surety. there is a rumor that Othello sept w Iago’s wife and Iago wants to get revenge
20. Who is Cassio speaking of in the following, and what is the gist of his speech? (2.1.61) He hath achieved a maidThat paragons description and wild fame; One that excels the quirks of blazoning pens, And in th’ essential vesture of creationDoes tire the ingener. speaking of how beautiful Desdamona is and how lucky Othello is to have her
21. Who is the “captain’s captain” in 2.1.74? He’s going to follow his wife: Desdamona
22. Who is Iago speaking to in this passage, and what does he mean? (2.1.108 – ) You are pictures out of doors,Bells in your parlors, wild-cats in your kitchens,Saints in your injuries, devils being offended,Players in your housewifery, and housewives in your beds. Iago is saying that outside of the house, women act sweet but in the home they are not as nice as they seem
. Who is Iago referring to in the following passage, and what does he mean? (2.1.192 – ) O, you are well tuned now!But I’ll set down the pegs that make this music, As honest as I am. saying that Othello and Desdamona are happy and he will ruin it. Irony about his honesty
1. What is the “vice” that Iago refers to in the following? (2.3.104 -) What is the trick he has just played on Cassio? What happens immediately afterwards?You see this fellow that is gone before;He is a soldier fit to stand by CaesarAnd give direction: and do but see his vice; ‘Tis to his virtue a just equinox,The one as long as the other: ’tis pity of him. I fear the trust Othello puts him in.On some odd time of his infirmity,Will shake this island. the vice is his behavior when he drinkscassio and Rodrigo fight Montano steps in and Cassio accidentally stabs him instead of Rodrigo
. Who is Iago speaking to here? (2.3.286 -) What is his evil scheme now? Our general’s wife is now the general. I may say so in this respect, for that he hath devoted and given up himself to thecontemplation, mark, and denotement of her parts andgraces: confess yourself freely to her, importuneher help to put you in your place again: she is ofso free, so kind, so apt, so blest a disposition, that she holds it a vice in her goodness not to do more than she is requested. This broken joint betweenyou and her husband entreat her to splinter; and, my fortunes against any lay worth naming, thiscrack of your love shall grow stronger than it was before. Cassio and Othello are in a fight so Iago suggests that Cassio asks Desdamona for help she will help calm Othello down
. What is Iago saying here (3.3.166 -) and why? What is his agenda here? O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;It is the green-eyed monster which doth mockThe meat it feeds on; that cuckold lives in blissWho, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger;But, O, what damned minutes tells he o’erWho dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves! trying to tell Othello to watch out for Cassio bc Desdamona is unfaithful
4. Summarize the events of the handkerchief episode (beginning with 3.3.286). an Egyptian women gave it to his mother and said that if she kept t it means that her husband was loyal but if she lost it it meant that he was cheating. Othello mom gave it to him and said to give it to his wife. Desdamona tried to put it on Othello hand and he said that it was too small. Emilia stole it for Iago and Iago planted it in Casiso’s room. Casio gives it to Bianca to copy but when she hears Cassio talking about her she throws it and Othello sees. The hankerchief symbolizes virginity and fidelity and is white w/ strawberries on it…. symbolizes stain on sheets
2. What is Iago saying here? What is his agenda? (3.3.135 – )Good my lord, pardon me:Though I am bound to every act of duty,I am not bound to that all slaves are free to.Utter my thoughts? Why, say they are vile and false; As where’s that palace whereinto foul things Sometimes intrude not? who has a breast so pure, But some uncleanly apprehensionsKeep leets and law-days and in session sitWith meditations lawful? Doesn’t want to flat out say that desdamona is cheating, he just infers it. He makes sure that Othello says it himself. He says that slaves have the right to keep thoughts to themselves. Wants Othello to think that if good and honest Iago has these thoughts, it must be true
3. What is Iago’s point here? (3.3.207 -)She did deceive her father, marrying you;And when she seem’d to shake and fear your looks, She loved them most. Desdamona is capable of deception. Reference to when Othello was wooing desdamona.
4. What is Iago saying here? (3.3.331 -)Look where he comes! Not poppy, nor mandragora, Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world,Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleepWhich thou owed’st yesterday. Iago is boasting about how crazy he has made othello w jealousy
5. What does Emilia mean by the following? (3.4.97 – ) ‘Tis not a year or two shows us a man:They are all but stomachs, and we all but food; To eat us hungerly, and when they are full, They belch us. Emilia is saying that all men are the same. You don’t really know a man until you’ve been with him forever.
6. Why does Desdemona’s comment “By my troth, I am glad on’t” (4.1.228) enrage Othello? What did Desdemona actually mean by her comment? She really meant that she was happy to go home but Othello thought she meant that she was happy Cassio got promoted
7. Explain the context and content of Othello’s following remark (4.1.234 – ): O devil, devil!If that the earth could teem with woman’s tears, Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile.Out of my sight! Desdamona is fake crying, a false display of emotion
8. Who is Othello referring to in the following, and what exactly is he saying? (4.2.20 – ) This is a subtle *****,A closet lock and key of villanous secrets;And yet she’ll kneel and pray. I have seen her do’t. Desdamona only acts innocent
9. What is the gist of the following passage: 4.3.25 – ? she knows Othello is going to kill her and remembered this song comforted her