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Act 1 Scene 1: Othello Notes


Othello Notes

Othello OneNote notes: Act 1 Scene 1: The action of the first scene increases the audience’s anticipations of Othello’s look– He is recognized in regards to his rare/an outsider (‘The Moor”, ‘the thick-lip’, ‘A Barbary horse’ exogamous marital relationship. Since of this we know what Iago resembles, we feel sympathy of Othello specifically with him as an outsider and Iago is pretending to be his friend. Really minute he need to be at his happiest, they’re plotting to ruin it. Duplicity of Iago. Two extremes; Bradley—— Leavis

Iago plays on Senator’s fears like the director of a play– Othello is presented as a barbarous, threatening Moor (animal imagery). Iago is the villain– He establishes significant paradox with the audience Iago’s dupicity makes him a well recognized character type: Machiavel– lets nothing stand in his way. Iago’s motivations– Bitterness about Cassio’s promotion and Class bitterness (Cassio is of upper class). Roderigo’s motivations– loves/desires Desdemona Deceptiveness is introduced by Brabantio. Concludes with the hazard of violence. Brabantio would rather an useless man over a black man.

We’re left questioning how Othello will manage this circumstance and what he will resemble. Wonder about what kind of person Desdemona is likewise. Negative impression. Feel like there’s some trickery. Act 2 Scene 2 Iago’s very first speech– indicative of his supposed hatred towards Roderigo. Irony– he states he lacks wickedness and could not murder somebody. Tattles on what he simply said. Othello’s speech; statement of love for Desdemona. “gentle Desdemona”– ladylike, high class. Appreciates her. I could not provide her up for the entire value of the sea– metaphor. He understands he has an outstanding track record in the state.

He’s worked hard for it. Descended from kings. Makes him proud and secure. Impression; strong man, effective, caring, unworried by personal risk, courageous, proud (positive) in an emergency situation, fearless. He takes pride in his track record, he’s concerned about it. Iago’s first method against Othello stops working– to make him run. After having been gotten ready for a passionate and possibly violent individual in Othello, the peaceful calm of Othello’s character– his dismissal of Roderigio’s supposed insult– is surprising. How will he handle Brabantio. Inhabits an uncommon position.

Outsider but also a necessary to the running of the state. Iago insinuates Othello wed for Desdemona’s wealth– weakens. Unworried of personal injury. Considers the matentience of the weapon instead of fear for himself. Favorable for military guy– fearless. Brabantio leaks with bigotry in his speech. Second time he says magic need to have been involved. Iago’s impression is reduced because of Othello’s actions and words. Act 1 Scene 3 The man you desire in a crisis is Othello– fantastic reputation within the city. Crisis– turks threatened to take Cyrpus.

War with Turkish empire. Unidentified quantity of fleet. “This can not be. Tis a pagaent to keep us in false gaze” symbolic of Iago and Othello. If the smart leader Duke believes Othello is excellent and translucents the Turkish hoax, then we trust the Duke and therefore believe the same of Othello as he does. OTHELLO– “Valiant Othello” (usage of name, respectful, eclipses Brabantio), “brave, Othello” (291) Starts with politeness– admits to marrying Desdemona, excuses un-polish good manners (reminds of not being Venician) because he’s been a soldier all his life (modest).

Relying on of Desdemona, happy to die for that trust. Reminded the Duke is a smart guy– will not take Brabantio’s word for it, stating it’s inadequate evidence. Model for how you ought to behave when incorrect allegations are being made. OTHELLO’S SPEECH TO SENNANT; First 4 lines: regular guest to Brabantio, “her daddy loved me”. TO captivate his host, he tells of his life’s experiences. Got offered as a servant. Slave of the Turks. Desdemona listened too; liked to hear his tales. Passionate in hearing his tales. “greedy ear”– assertive for a lady, unlike girls of the time.

Iago charms us since he’s so clever with language. QUESTION: Othello has actually been charged with witchcraft (charmed her). The factor she loves him because of his past (“enjoyed me for the dangers I had passed”). Only magic utilized is his language. Even the Duke is compelled by it and does admit even Desdemona would fall in love after Othello’s speech (recommendation pg. 22) G WILSON KNIGHT– Othello music. Strange that pity is the basis of their relationship (166– why they enjoy each other, not a strong foundation for marital relationship). Even his spouse determines him by his race.

DESDEMONA; first impression is that she’s respectful (she reasons out her reply to her daddy and the Duke), careful, brave, smart, ASSERTIVE (asserts herself as an independent woman, claiming the right to choose, this is supported with her asking to opt for Othello to war), outstanding, defiant, sincerity SHAKESPEARE DOESN’T MAKE IT STEROTYPICAL, HE MAKES IT COMPLEX. Duke demonstrates his wiseness, rhyming quintuplets, appealing to the ear, (24) Desdemona confesses to wanting his company and sharing his bed.

Issue that he doesn’t confess his desiring of Desdemona’s body too– does not really comprehend his relationship. A bit ignorant about himself and his relationship with Des. Brabantio; “she has tricked her daddy, and might thee”, she has actually deceived me so you must beware, she may deceive you, foreshadowing. Animal images from Iago (310 ). IAGO’S SPEESH (319– 333) His viewpoint. Garden images. Minor. We make ourselves what we want to be. Metaphors of gardening. There’s no such thing as love unless you let yourself.

He believes he has complete control over his emotions. Cut-off from his emotions. Getting Roderigo to sell his land is another demonstration of Iago’s power over people and his manipulative skills. Iago’s soliloquy (375– end) States his use of Roderigo for his amusement and profit. Reveals he likes being mean which he enjoys exploiting individuals. Heard that Othello has slept with Iago’s better half. Has insight and uses it for evil. Means to take Cassio’s position. Saying he has a variety of targets. Observes characters (Cassioand Othello).

Othello– friendly, relying on and open. Can think iago as he’s speaking in soliloquy. Last images of Othello being a dumb monster and hell involved in the destruction of Cassio and Othello. ACT 1 DEVELOPS: Respected; The Duke- “Valiant Othello”, “Brave Othello”. The Duke’s usage of these words have a considerable effect on the audience as the Duke is a crucial and smart male. The reality that he is hiring Othello when the city of Venice is threatened by war also indicates how important and respected Othello is since of his military background and most gentlemanly manner.

Also that everyone has something great to say about him, even Iago in his soliloquy; “The Moor is of a complimentary and open nature” Dignified; Othello’s reaction to the charges pressed upon him by Brabantio (his rejection to range from incorrect allegations) insinuates his dignified character; “I should be found”. Othello’s speeches made in the Senate, especially the one telling of Desdemona’s courting, is considerate to his higher ups, but he also is still dignified to himself, relying heavily on the reality that the allegations pressed upon him are incorrect and his track record; “; real I have actually wed her.

The very head and front of my angering hath this degree, no more.” Othello knows that his race is the main consider Brabantio’s action against the news of the marital relationship, and wishes to bring back Brabantio’s love in him, “I do admit the vices of my blood, So justly to your serious ears I’ll provide how I did thrive in this fair woman’s love, and she in mine”. Rhetorical; G Wilson Knight was the very first to call the way Othello speaks as music. Othello’s rhetoricalness is most visible (within Act 1) when he remains in the Senate defending his love for Desdemona; Othello makes a number of speeches that appeal to the audience.

IN the speech of his courting, powerful images and flare that interest the ear, winning over the Senators and the Duke; “I think this tale would win my daughter too.” That demonstrates how well Othello speaks. Act 2 Scene 1 The first act begins symbolically, much like act 1 scene 1. Symbolical when Iago speaks under the cloak of night from an ethical in addition to actual darkness. Concept being communicated at the start of the scene is loss of sight– in a literal sense, they can not see in the storm, but we understand that it’s going to be a psychological blindness. foreshadowing) “military Moor” (26 ), “worthy governor”– OTHELLO BEING DESCRIBED. Hear about Othello prior to we see him, like Act 1. Identity gotten in touch with his race “the Moor”. Cassio holds Othello and Desdemona is high regard. Rich images “riches of the ship is come ashore”. Courtly in his behaviour with females (cassio), treats them with fantastic overindulgence and respect. Cassio reminds Iago of his greater class– this would irritate. Othello chose Cassio over Iago to try to get his class up (insecurity with his race).

His elopement likewise stands as evidence to this– afraid of Brabantio saying no. They’re joking with each other with their exchange with Desdemona– Iago is amusing, individuals around him enjoy him; demonstrates how manipulative he is. Anti-women jokes– nags, woman of the streets, hypocrites, mothers. IAGO’S ASIDE– 160ish and 199 Unnatural thingos in shakespeare– soliloquy and aside. Actions aside from other individuals and talks to audience. Talking about Cassio. “With as little a web as this will I capture as an excellent fly as Cassio” (throughout the fly images of capturing, ensnaring). Shift in tone.

Musical metaphors. Othello speaks in embellishment– attempting to interact the depth of his love. Bit public and showy. IAGO IS ALWAYS PLAUSIBLE AND THIS IS HOW HE SUCEEDS. SEEMS POSSIBLE. LIKELY. INEVITIABLE. * EXPOSES CONTRASTING (ACT 2 SCENE 1) CONCEPTS ABOUT WOMEN IN THIS PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY. Cassio’s lavish description of Desdemona, in the courtly language of Venitian high society places ladies on a pedestal as Goddesses. Iago’s misogynistic (fear and hatred of females) jokes represents females in a totally various method, as computing, lustful and untrustworthy.

Comprehending Othello’s attitude towards ladies might help discuss his shift from adoring spouse to wife-killer. Iago illustrates Othello as the Devil (as the devil was thought to be black) L225. Desdemona is being hcaracterised by Iago as driven by lust. Roderigo disagrees and sees D as a goddess (L248). IAGO’S SOLILOQUY (280) Boasting about how creative he’s been in spinning lies about Desdemona to Roderigo. Even Iago can praise othello’s qualities (his continuous caring and inverted nature). “dear”– pricey (Desdemona’s death), and capitivating. Currently thinking about her death.

Worries Othello has actually seduced Emilia, so he wants to have sex with Desdemona to get back at him. Metaphor. If he cant sleep with D, he’ll set his mind mad with jealousy. Shows he’s active paranoid. MAKES AUDIENCE FEEL COMPLICIENT AS IAGO SHARES HIS MOTIVATIONS AND HIS PLOTS. Act 2 Scene 2– simply informing everyone to celebration Act 2 Scene 3 Line 165. key quote. 193. 188 othello. O very first soililquy– 242. lots of doubt. Strategy to turn D’s goodness against her– 250ish. O is going to misread her inentions now 290– Emilia discovers napkin. Clear plot advancement. Evidence for Iago. Refer to task

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