Othello

Othello
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  • (striking her) You devil. (IV.i.232)
  • I haven't done anything to deserve this! (IV.i.233)
  • My lord, no one will believe this in Venice, even though I’d swear I saw it with my own eyes. That was too much. You should apologize. She’s crying. (IV.i.234-236)
  • I don’t like what you’re asking me to do. But since I’ve gotten myself involved this far, because I’m so stupidly honest and because I like you so much, I’ll keep going. I recently shared a bed with Cassio, and I couldn’t sleep because of a raging toothache. Well, some people talk in their sleep, and Cassio is one of them. I heard him saying, “Sweet Desdemona, let’s be careful and hide our love,” in his sleep. And then he grabbed my hand and said, “Oh, my darling!” and kissed me hard, as if he were trying to suck my lips off. Then he put his leg over mine, and sighed and kissed me, and said, “Damn fate for giving you to the Moor!” (III.iii.417-433)
  • Give me one good reason to think she’s cheating on me.
  • The little monkey must have started that rumor herself. She thinks I’ll marry her because she loves me. She’s just flattering herself. I never promised her anything. (IV.i.124-126)
  • She hangs around me and dangles from my neck and cries, shaking me and pulling at me. Ha, ha, ha! (IV.i.133-134)
  • Now he’s saying how she took him into our bedroom. Oh, I can see your nose now. But I can’t see the dog I’m going to throw it to. (IV.i.135-136)
  • I swear there's a rumor going around that you'll marry her. (IV.i.120)
  •     This conflict is between Desdemona and Othello. Othello is given a letter be Lodovico stating that he was ordered back to Venice and Cassio will become the new governor of Cyprus. (Lodovico is Desdemona's cousin). Othello, who was already at the point where he wanted to kill Cassio, was furious and took his frustration out on Desdemona by slapping her. This conflict was a person v. person because Othello is fighting Desdemona, he is frustrated and reading Lodovico's letter he is certain that there was a relationship between Cassio and Desdemona. This scene was important because it shows how far Iago got with manipulating Othello, he was able to convince him on anything he said and his lies even forced him to abuse Desdemona. The scene has dramatically affected the play because it shows how Othello's angry is getting out of hand, to the point where he starts to beat his own wife.
  • The conflict above is between Othello and his own mind. Iago is stating to Othello that his wife, Desdemona, is cheating on him with his lieutenant, Cassio. This conflict is an internal conflict, as well as a person v. self. This conflict shows how Othello, at first did not believe Iago about the fact that Desdemona was cheating on him with is lieutenant. But as time progresses, Othello starts to trust Iago because Iago has planned out what to do and how to make sure Othello is manipulated. Othello is broken by the news and wanted to kill Cassio, he was heartbroken but he wasn't able to express this to anyone because Iago had manipulated him to keep his cool until he said it was the time to expose the secret "lovers".  This scene is very important to the play because it changes Othello's perspective of Desdemona, and also propels the plot. It also impacts the play dramatically because we can see how insecure Othello is, he trusts that his loyal wife is cheating on him because he isn't of her class.
  • This conflict is between Cassio and Othello. Above, Cassio and Iago are discussing Bianca, the prostitute of the town. But Iago has told Othello, who is listening in by hiding, that he would be talking about Desdemona. This conflict is person v. person because Othello, after hearing what Cassio has to say about "Desdemona", he is prepared to murder him. This conflict between Cassio and Othello is important because it shows how passionate Othello is and also propels the plot. It propels the plot because it gets the audience to think or infer what might happen next. It also, once again, shows the level of manipulation Iago can reach, he is able to make a nobleman think about the murder of his own friend and lieutenant, Cassio.
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