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Othello made his last speech in that way because he wanted the audience to know who he really is before he dies. He speaks about his past service to the Venetian state

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In here, Othello talks about wanting to be remembered with fairness as one who loved too much, how he was tricked into extreme jealousy and as one who did not realize the worth of what he had. He expresses his desire to be recorded as the man who killed a Turk who insulted the state of Venice, and kills himself, dying on Desdemona's bed. Cassio was shocked as he had known Othello as the brave one. Lodovico then ended the tragic incident by asking Cassio to deal with the defeated Iago, asking Gratiano to guard the house leaving him with Othello's fortune. Iago pretty well convinced Othello that his wife was unfaithful. With this lie believed, he became extremely jealous and strangled Desdemona to death, realizing only too late that she is completely innocent after all. As he delivers his last speech, he reflects upon the period of his life and his service as the Venetian army. He describes his transformation from a proud soldier to a murderer. ...read more.


"Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees" This indicated that Othello is having a real heartfelt break down, as he emphasizes that tears were coming down faster than normal, despite that he probably never broke down and cried before. Othello told Lodovico to record his tears, tells him how he once came upon a Turk beating a Venetian and violently killed him. There is a bit of contradictory here. In the beginning of the play, Othello was "far more than black" but now he has turned "Turk" and become a true racial outsider. In line 351, "the circumcised dog" - these words sounds ultimately wrong to describe Othello. He could mean himself being betrayed, being a fool, being too gullible, being dumb - all these words being put together. He then killed himself: "And smote him, thus." It was the same way as the Turk being killed, as mentioned above. In this passage, there were also some words of racism such as 'Indian', 'Arabian' and 'turbaned Turk.' ...read more.


He also told Gratiano to grab hold of Othello's possession. "As they succeed on you." He thinks Gratiano is the most capable one. Lastly, he told Cassio to decide what to do with Iago, which he referred to as the "hellish villain," again emphasizing his cruelty. The next few lines of Lodovico's speech were sad words that ended this whole tragedy. He said he must return to Venice and "with heavy heart" relates "this heavy act". He described both the heart and act 'heavy' indicating the disaster Iago had caused. The speeches made at the last part of the play were all miserable. Othello made his last speech in that way because he wanted the audience to know who he really is before he dies. He speaks about his past service to the Venetian state and he describes himself not as a barbarous foreigner but as one who "loved not wisely but too well", as one who was preyed upon and as one "perplexed in the extreme. He has accepted what has happened and is willing to punish himself for it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Christina Chan English - Othello 15th June 2009 ...read more.

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