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Othello Revision Notes - themes and quotes.

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Introduction

Othello... Themes... * Jealousy * Race * Honour and Reputation * Love and Desire * Venus and Cyprus * Conflict Jealousy... * Imagery associated with it gives the impression it's destructive, terrifying and unnatural jealousy. There's a strong sense of jealousy devouring etc. o "The green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on" o "A monster begot upon itself, born on itself" * The above fits in when Iago describes Othello as being "eaten up with passion" * Jealousy is also deeply humiliating in Othello. Iago describes it as a "Passion most unsuiting for a man" (as noble as the Moor of Venice) * Shakespeare's exploration of jealousy gives three examples of jealousy that shed light on the subject... o Iago's personal and professional jealous - linked to feelings of envy and sets events in motion o Bianca's suspicions - mirrors Othello's closely o Othello's towering jealousy - propels him towards tragedy * Jealousy characterises Iago * Othello's sexual jealousy motivated by affection rather than hatred - example of "green- ey'd monster" flipside of boundless love * Both Othello and Iago feel jealous because they have lost possession of something they held dear * Emilia assesses that it is monstrous, destroys love, honour and nobility in those it afflicts. ...read more.

Middle

o "So much I challenge that I may profess due to the Moor my lord" o "Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: she has deceived her father and may thee." - Brabantio o "She must change for youth" - Iago o Easily adapts her appearance - "I am not merry, but I do beguile the thing I am by seeming otherwise" o "She did deceive her father marrying you, and when she seemed to shake and fear you looks she loved them most" - Iago o [about her hand] "Here's a young and sweating devil here that commonly rebels." o "The hearts of old gave hands; but our new heraldry is of hands not hearts" o "If the earth could teem with women's tears, every drop she falls would prove a crocodile" - Othello o "Sir, she can turn, and turn, and yet go on, and turn again." Honest, trustworthy o "A maiden never bold" - Brabantio o "My life upon her faith" - Othello o "A maid that paragons description and wild fame" - Cassio o "I durst my lord to wager she is honest, lay down my soul at stake." - Emilia Affection for Othello o "She gave me for my pains a world of sighs" - Othello o "She loved me for the dangers I had passed, and I loved her that she did pity them." ...read more.

Conclusion

o "I marry her? What! A customer! I prithee, bear some charity to my wit. Do not think it so unwholesome." o "'Tis such another fitchew! Marry, a perfumed one"... "my sweet Bianca" Eilia... o "Alas she has no speech" - Desdemona o "I nothing but to please his fantasy" o [on men] "They are all but stomachs, and we all but food; they eat us hungerly, and when they are full, they belch us." o "She's a simple bawd" - Othello o "Nor I neither by this heavenly light; I might do't as well i'th'dark" o "Who would not make her husband a cuckold to make him a monarch?" o " I do say it is their husbands' fault if wives do fall" o "We have galls, ad though we have some grace, yet we have some revenge. Let husbands know their wives have sense like them" o "Then let them use us well, else let them know the ills we do, their ills instruct us so." Bribantio... o Look to her, Moor; have a quick eye to see. She has deceiv'd her father; may do thee! Roderigo o "Thou silly gentlemen" - Iago o "Put money in thy purse" - Iago o Iago advises him not to kill himself, so that he can help Iago further o "Thus do I ever make my fool my purse" - Iago ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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