Othello Quotes

“A great Arithmetician, one Michael Cassio” Act 1/ Scene 1- Iago’s anger at being passed over for promotion- establishes him as a Malcontent
“Follow him to serve my turn upon him” Act 1/ Scene 1- Iago’s duplicitous nature is revealed
“In following him, I follow but myself” Act 1/ Scene 1- Iago manipulating and self-serving
“The thick lips” Act 1/ Scene 1- Racial context- Othello being black is his defining feature
“An old black ram is tupping your white ewe” Act 1/ Scene 1- Loss of purity; Othello’s race
“Daughter covered with a barbary horse” Act 1/ Scene 1- Othello being black is doing damage to Brabantio and his family status
“Making the beast with two backs” Act 1/ Scene 1- Iago and Roderigo creating friction through angering Brabantio and negatively portraying Othello
“My services shall out tongue his complaints” Act 1/ Scene 2- Othello’s high status and noble nature
“I love the gentle Desdemona” Act 1/ Scene 2- Establishes the romance that will be the centre of the plot
“I must be found, my parts, my title, my perfect soul” Act 1/ Scene 2- Othello’s arrogance and megalopsychia is demonstrated
“Command with years than your weapons” Act 1/ Scene 2- Othello’s noble nature- never resorting to violence, unlike he does at the end of the play
“Valiant Othello, we must straight up employ you” Act 1/ Scene 3- Othello’s noble and respected nature- senior position in Venice
“I won his daughter” Act 1/ Scene 3- Desdemona is a prize-not real say
“She loved me for the danger… I loved her” Act 1/ Scene 3- Desdemona is more attracted to the stories than Othello himself- infidelity is possible
“The Moor, my Lord” Act 1/ Scene 3- Desdemona loves and respects Othello
“Your son in law is far more fair than black” Act 1/ Scene 3- Racial context; being black is a sign of a lower position in society
“Honest Iago” Act 1/ Scene 3 (or anywhere else)- Constant underestimation and misjudgement of Iago
“Hell and night must bring this monstrous birth to the world’s light” Act 1/ Scene 3- Iago’s intentions are to make the world see who Othello really is/ the villain that he thinks he is
“Warlike Moor” Act 2/ Scene 1- Sets the tone for war and conflict
“Our captain’s captain” Act 2/ Scene 1- Suggests that Desdemona has the real power; why Cassio approaches her
“Rise to play and go to bed to work” Act 2/ Scene 1- Iago’s sexist view of the role of women in society
“With a little a web I will ensnare as great a fly as Cassio” Act 2/ Scene 1- More Machiavellian scheming to take down Cassio
“Lusty moor hath leaped into my seat” Act 2/ Scene 1- Presents Iago as malcontent as well; Othello has allegedly slept with Emilia
“You must not think that I am drunk” Act 2/ Scene 3- Iago has manipulated Cassio, and he soon going to lose his position
“I fear the trust Othello puts in him” Act 2/ Scene 3- Iago further sowing the seeds to bring down Cassio and move closer to Othello
“This barbarous brawl” Act 2/ Scene 3- On the warlike island, Cassio and Rodrigo have engaged in a fight, leading to Cassio’s dismissal
“Never more be an officer of mine” Act 2/ Scene 3- Iago has successfully removed Cassio from his position as Lieutenant, without Cassio suspecting him
“Iago my reputation” Act 2/ Scene 3- Cassio has fallen out of Othello’s favour, and is permanently/ immaterially damaged
“Confess yourself freely to her” Act 2/ Scene 3- Iago recommends Cassio seeks Desdemona’s help- planting seeds for the false infidelity
“How am I then the villain?” Act 2/ Scene 3- Breaking the fourth wall- recognition that he is the tragic villain
“I never knew a Florentine more honest” Act 3/ Scene 1- Cassio is just one of the characters that has completely misjudged Iago and his capabilities/intentions
“It grieves my husband as if the cause were his” Act 3/ Scene 3- Iago has even manipulated Emilia into believing that he is distraught by Cassio losing his job
“My Lord, you know I love you” Act 3/ Scene 3- Desdemona has remained faithful to Othello the whole way through- he has chosen to believe the rumours
“Utter my thoughts? Say they are vile and false?” Act 3/ Scene 3-Iago is planting ideas in Othello’s head but allowing him to develop them himself
“Jealousy! It is the green eyed monster” Act 3/ Scene 3- Jealousy; ultimately this is Othello’s downfall
(She drops the handkerchief) Act 3/ Scene 3- The hamartia that results in the ocular proof being given, and Othello being convinced
“I’ll tear her to pieces” Act 3/ Scene 3- Othello is a changed man and is now intent on killing Desdemona
“This hand is moist, my lady” Act 3/ Scene 4- Othello subtlety accuses Desdemona of infidelity as he has been convinced by Iago’s manipulation
“Pray you, let Cassio be received again” Act 3/ Scene 4- Desdemona is constantly damaging their relationship by asking Cassio to be reinstated
“My Lord is not my lord” Act 3/ Scene 4- Othello has become a different person due to his loss of trust in Desdemona- Desdemona is still respectful
“Heaven keep that monster from Othello’s head” Act 3/ Scene 4- Aware of the damage that jealousy can do
“Lie with her? Lie on her?” Act 4/ Scene 1- Othello is choosing to believe the infidelity; making the situation worse in his head
“How shall I murder him?” Act 4/ Scene 1- Othello has been convinced; wants to kill Cassio
“She shall not love” Act 4/ Scene 1- Othello has lost his noble nature as he wants to kill Desdemona for a crime she didn’t commit 🙁
(Striking her) Act 4/ Scene 1- Resorting to violence and physically hurts Desdemona
“He is much changed” Act 4/ Scene 1- Desdemona recognises that Othello is a different person- resorting to violence and abusing her
“This would not be believed in Venice” Act 4/ Scene 1- Othello at the end of the play is not the same noble and respected character that came from Venice
“Yet she’s a simple bawd” Act 4/ Scene 2- Othello dismisses Emilia’s comments; he is choosing to believe that Desdemona has been promiscuous
“Your true and loyal wife” Act 4/ Scene 2- Desdemona is characterised by her marriage to Othello and she has been entirely faithful and devoted
“Am I the motive of these tears?” Act 4/ Scene 2- She has no knowledge of what she has allegedly done to anger Othello
“Are you not a strumpet?” Act 4/ Scene 2- Further loss of noble nature; calling her a naughty woman
“Get to your bed” Act 4/ Scene 3- Othello has no time for Desdemona; he dismisses her with the intention of killing her
“Let husbands know, wives have sense like them” Act 4/ Scene 3- Emilia is a feminist; seeks to prove the contextual position of women wrong
“We must not displease him” Act 4/ Scene 3- Despite Othello’s anger, Desdemona remains respectful and wants to avoid angering him further
(Iago from behind wounds Cassio) Act 5/ Scene 1- Iago stabbing Cassio
“O brave Iago, honest and just” Act 5/ Scene 1- Shows that even in the last Act, even has misjudged Iago
(stabs Roderigo) “O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!” Act 5/ Scene 1- The ultimate act of betrayal for Rodrigo; Iago killing him shows that he was merely a pawn
“She must die, else she’ll betray more men” Act 5/ Scene 2- Othello is branding Desdemona as a cheater; justifying his actions and intention to kill
“I will kill thee and love thee after” Act 5/ Scene 2- Othello has completely lost his soul and noble nature; blinded by Iago
“Death’s unnatural that kills for loving” Act 5/ Scene 2- Desdemona’s attempt to save her self
“Out strumpet, weep’st though for him to my face?” Act 5/ Scene 2- Othello is insulted by Desdemona’s tears; things that
“It’s too late” (He smothers her) Act 5/ Scene 2- It is too late; Othello’s mind is made up and he is intending to kill her
“My wife! What wife? I have no wife” Act 5/ Scene 2- The realisation that he has killed Desdemona; his lover and is now wifeless
“A guiltless death I die” Act 5/ Scene 2- Desdemona is insisting on her innocence, irrespective of Othello killing her
“My husband say she was false?” Act 5/ Scene 2- The realisation that Iago is the mastermind behind Othello and Desdemona’s downfall
(Iago stabs his wife) Act 5/ Scene 2- Shows the extent that Iago is willing to go to
“Demand me nothing. What you know, you know. From this time forth I will never speak a word” Act 5/ Scene 2- Iago’s final words which no one really understands what they mean
“Threw a pearl away” Act 5/ Scene 2- Recognition of what Othello has lost, and that Desdemona was innocent
“Spartan dog” “Hellish villain” Act 5/ Scene 2- Everyone finally realises that Iago is not the honest and brave character that everyone thought he was