Othello Close Reading
Close Checking out In the play, Othello, by William Shakespeare, a character called Iago, controls individuals to get what he desires. One character that is controlled the most by Iago is Othello. The reason is due to the fact that Othello made Cassio his lieutenant and there were reports that Othello has been sleeping around with his partner, Emilia. Iago involves Desdemona, Othello’s better half, in his plan by making it seem that Desdemona and Cassio are having a relationship. Iago encourages Othello about this relationship when Othello gets the ocular evidence that he wanted.
This proof was that Cassio had the scarf that he had actually offered to Desdemona as a very first present. Othello and Iago made a pledge to each other that Othello will kill Desdemona and Iago will kill Cassio. As much as this point in the story Othello thought that Cassio is dead; now he will have to kill Desdemona. In Othello’s opening speech in Act 5 Scene 2, Othello feels the need to eliminate Desdemona but still feels doubt on whether he should do it as it exists in his speech by literary significances and gadgets.
In the opening scene of Act 5, Scene 2 Othello enters their bed room and sits beside Desdemona. Othello says in lines 1 and 2, “It is the cause it is the cause, my soul./ Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars.” Othello is saying that Desdemona is the factor to why he feels the way he feels. He feels heart-broken and cheated on due to the fact that he does not even want to repeat to her all the terrible things that she has done to him. Likewise, the line “you chaste stars” is referring Desdemona as a virgin light.
He is saying that Desdemona is so pure that he admires her like the stars in the night sky. Nevertheless, it is contradicting his ideas because Othello desires Desdemona to be eliminated for sleeping around with Cassio. In the following lines Othello says, “It is the cause. Yet I’ll not shed her blood,/ Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow,/ And smooth as huge alabaster” (5. 2. 3-5). Othello starts to second guess himself and no longer wishes to kill Desdemona. He does not even want to harm her since her skin is so precious and whiter than that of know.
Shakespeare utilizes a simile, which says, “And smooth as huge alabaster.” This simile is saying that Desdemona is as soft as the finely smooth material utilized in a monolith such as a variety of gypsum and calcite. These lines show the reader that Othello still enjoys Desdemona because he is still amused by her appeal. The next lines stated by Othello are, “Yet she needs to die, else she’ll betray more males./ Put out the light, and then put out the light./ If I quench thee, thou flaming minister,/ I can once again thy previous light bring back/ Need to I repent me.
Once put thy light,/ Thou cunning’st pattern of standing out nature,/ I know not where is that Promethean heat/ That can thy light relume” (5. 2. 6-13). In the previous paragraph, it was discussed that Othello no longer desired Desdemona to die, but Othello changes his tone in these lines since he switches back to believing that Desdemona requires to die. The reason for this is due to the fact that Desdemona will cheat on more men if she is still alive. For the line, “Put out the light, and after that put out the light” had double meanings to it.
The possible meanings might be blowing out the light from the candle he had or putting out the light from Othello and Desdemona’s love. If Othello blows the light out from the candle he can always light it back. Nevertheless if he kills the gorgeous Desdemona there is most likely no magic that will bring her back to life. Shakespeare uses an allusion which is “Promethean heat” which is a mix of the Greek misconception about Prometheus and one about him providing fire to people. Basically, Othello is informing Desdemona that as soon as she is dead she will never come back.
It is impossible to grant human beings to come back from the dead once they die. Additionally, Othello continues, “When I have plucked (the)/ increased,/ I can not provide it crucial growth again./ It needs should wither./ I’ll smell (it) on the tree” (5. 2. 13-16). The reader can conclude that Iago effectively put his poison into Othello due to the fact that Othello is discussing a rose and a tree, which is generally stated by Iago because he likes referring things to nature. In this part of the speech Othello states that once he selects a rose, he can not bring it back to life. The rose will require to pass away.
When once again, Othello is referring Desdemona to something which is the rose this time and states that while Desdemona is still alive he will smell her. In the staying lines of Othello’s speech from lines 17 to 24 in Act 5 Scene 2 Othello states, “O pleasant breath, that dost nearly persuade Justice to break her sword! [He kisses her.] Another, another. Be thus when thou art dead, and I will kill thee And love thee after. Another and (this) the last. [He kisses her.] So sweet was ne’er so deadly. I must weep, However they are cruel tears. This grief’s incredible:
It strikes where it doth love. She wakes.” As Othello was smelling Desdemona, her sweet breath almost encourages Othello not to kill her and carry out justice. Othello kisses her and wishes to kiss her again. He likewise states that if Desdemona is this beautiful when she is dead, he will kill her and like her later on. Othello kisses Desdemona for the last time. Desdemona’s kiss was very sweet and never ever deadly however he needs to weep and be harsh. He recognizes himself as an exceptional that would remain in paradise, so he might be stating that he resembles a God nevertheless he needs to punish the love of his life.
At the end, Desdemona is waking up. Analyzing these last lines made it appear that Othello still enjoys Desdemona and does not want to kill her. Although, Desdemona and Cassio never had a relationship, Iago’s poison took control of in Othello’s mind that he can no longer control it. In conclusion, the speech in the beginning of Act 5 Scene 2 by Othello provides proof that Othello did not want to kill Desdemona in the beginning but later on decides to finally eliminate her as they are represented through the composing style of Shakespeare.
Othello still has love for Desdemona and most likely would not endure as soon as she is out of his life. As the story advances to the end, Othello kills Desdemona and minutes later he kills himself as soon as he discovers the truth. Even though Iago will not speak the reality, Emilia supplied him with sufficient information before Iago eliminated her to think that Desdemona was innocent. Iago’s plan dealt with chess pieces however he will undergo torture under the supervision of Cassio.