Othello Revised Quotes

“I follow him to serve my turn upon him” Iago reveals his true intent with Othello straight away
“Preferment goes by letter and affectionNot by the old graduation” Iago expresses jealousy towards Cassio through his idea that promotions occur through education and not experience
“Were it my cue to fight, I should have known itWithout a prompter” Othello chooses his battles wisely
Common referation to Othello: Valiant
Common referation to Iago: Honest
“That my disports corrupt and taint my business,And all indign and base adversitiesMake head against my estimation” If I prioritize war over love then ruin Othello’s reputation
“The moor is of a free and open nature,That thinks men honest that but seems to be so” Iago reveals Othello’s hamartia in that he is too trusting
“O fie upon thee, slanderer!” Desdemona shows strong character by speaking against Iago
“With as little a web as this will I ensnare as great a fly as Cassio.” Iago uses metaphor to show that he plans to trap Cassio and Desdemona
“Whose qualification shall come into no true taste again but by the displanting of Cassio.” Iago has new plan to ruin Cassio’s reputation in order to get Desdemona to re-instate his rank after he loses it
“three several quests” Shows Othello’s importance
“twixt my sheets” Iago accuses Othello of sleeping with his wife
“Put the moorat least into a jealousy so strongThat judgement cannot cure” Iago intends on making Othello jealous
“Unlace your reputation thus” Othello further demonstrates importance of reputation when speaking to Cassio
“Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation!” Cassio demonstrates importance of reputation upon being told he is removed as officer
“So will I turn her virtue into pitch” Iago plans to let Othello think Desdemona is taking Cassio’s side due to lust
“Make the netThat shall enmesh them all” Iago’s 2nd use of a spider trapping metaphor
“Thy solicitor shall rather dieThan give thy cause away” Desdemona tells Cassio she would rather die than give up on his cause
“Men should be what they seem;Or those that be not, would they might seem none!” Iago speaking hypocritically in regards to being two-faced
“O beware, my lord, of jealousy:It is the green-eyed monster with doth mockThe meat it feeds on” Iago warns Othello of his hamartia
“Set on thy wife to deserve” Theme of spying in Othello (Othello -> Desdemona)
“Trifles light as airAre to the jealous confirmations strongAs proofs of holy writ” Iago says in monologue that the tiniest suspicion can seem holy to a jealous person
“Thou hadst been better have been born a dogThan answer my wak’d wrath” Use of anger by Othello as his paranoia increases
“I think my wife be honest, and think she is not;I think that thou are just, and think thou art not.” Contrast between Othello and Hamlet in regards to madness?
“I’ll tear her all to pieces” Othello threatens to destroy Desdemona
“All my fond love thus do I blow to heaven;’Tis gone.” Othello disregards his love for Desdemona
“I am your own forever” Iago uses romanticized language against Othello
“She can turn, and turn, and yet go on, and turn again” Repetitive language by Othello suggests madness
“Who is thy lord?” Desdemona pretends Othello does not exist
“I cannot say ‘wh0re’;It does abhor me now I speak the word” Desdemona demonstrates innocence
“Let husbands know Their wives have sense like them.” Emilia demonstrates power of women
Othellos asides… Resemble Iago and represent villainy
“In the due reverence of a sacred vow” Turning point. Iago and Othello create vow
“Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow” Othello describes innocence of Desdemona
“Commend me to my kind Lord. O farewell” Desdemona’s last words are for Othello
“Honest, honest Iago” Two uses of honest. And last use from Othello
“I will not charm my tongue; I am bound to speak” Emilia defies Iago
“Speak of me as I am” Othello wants to die with his reputation scarred
“Then you must speakOf one that lov’d not wisely, but too well;Of one not easily jealous but, being wrought,Perplex’ in the extreme.” Othello is someone who loved too much, became jealous and was unwise about it