I had taken myself to be in some way the traitor Iago punished, in an unwritten sixth act. Othello's reaction after smothering Desdemona shows an even greater rift between his resolve and his emotion. Roderigo prepares to ambush Cassio by waiting outside the whorehouse that Cassio is in. You are the lord of duty, I am hitherto your daughter. Iago's tendency to disclose himself to the audience gives him a connection to the audience that Othello does not have; although Othello is the title character of the play, Iago has more lines and more interaction with the audience.
One might say he is dim witted because in this scene he attacks Cassio, the lieutenant of the Venetian army, even though he has less experience in fighting than Cassio. He resents those above him, following them simply to harm them. Must say that you have instigated them to murder. Iago is many selves in this act; he is friend and advisor to Roderigo, then betrayer and murderer of Roderigo, consoler of Cassio, and the lead officer in this crisis. Myself will straight aboard: and to the state This heavy act with heavy heart relate. Send for the man, and ask him.
Iago is showing his true deceptive nature, saying he would never expose his true emotions. I do perceive here a divided duty: To you I am bound for life and education; My life and education both do learn me How to respect you. He asks Roderigo to pay him more money so that he could go to Cyprus to make Desdemona hate Othello and love Roderigo. It is the reputation that makes a person a good main, or else he is just an without reputation. Now, whether he kill Cassio, Or Cassio him, or each do kill the other, Every way makes my gain. Throughout the play Iago has never directly involved himself with causing trouble.
More Important Othello Quotes There are so many Othello quotes to choose from. When she gave the handkerchief to lago. You have one well, that men must lay their murders on your neck' and 'You told a lie, an odious, damnèd lie. Othello believes that murder will maintain her purity, stopping her from betraying others like she has betrayed him. Set you down this; And say besides, that in Aleppo once, Where a malignant and a turban'd Turk Beat a Venetian and traduced the state, I took by the throat the circumcised dog, And smote him, thus.
Now all your friends will be jealous of your knowledge of Othello, by. I scarce did know you, uncle: there lies your niece, Whose breath, indeed, these hands have newly stopp'd: I know this act shows horrible and grim. In his last words, Othello speaks to his murdered wife. Iago, Act 1 Scene 3 If after every tempest come such calms, May the winds blow till they have wakened death! Compt, reckoning — at the Day of Judgment. Roderigo doesn't take Iago's words to heart. In this short, but pivotal, scene Emilia and Desdemona discuss marriage, husbands, and fidelity. Why then does Emilia steal Desdemona's handkerchief—without which, Iago's plans fail—and give it to her husband? She is the sole voice of reason in the play, the only person besides Desdemona who is uncorrupted by Iago's manipulations.
Like the Greek heroes, Othello can confront this fate only with the best of his humanity. Farewell Commend me to my kind lord: O, farewell! I am glad thy father's dead: Thy match was mortal to him, and pure grief Shore his old thread in twain: did he live now, This sight would make him do a desperate turn, 240 Yea, curse his better angel from his side, And fall to reprobation. Emilia brings the news of Roderigo's death, and Cassio's wounding. In the passion of the fight, Iago sneaks up and strikes Cassio's legs, causing Cassio to cry out 'murder! Othello is upset with Desdemona because he believes she is 'whoring' or being unfaithful, which leads him to want to kill her and her supposed lover. She calls in Iago and reprimands him severely. Othello sees Cassio as the man most Venetian women in Desdemona's position would like to marry and, therefore, as the man she would turn to if she ceased to love her husband. Oh, the world never saw a sweeter creature.
It's also worth noting that Othello compares Desdemona to a pearl, a white gem commonly associated with purity. Therefore, it is a golden opportunity that he can use jealousy of Othello against Cassio. It must needs wither: I'll smell it on the tree. That cuckold lives in bliss, Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger: But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o'er Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves! He further explains how Desdemona has fallen in with him because of his bravery and adventurous nature. Gratiano, keep the house, And seize upon the fortunes of the Moor, For they succeed on you.
Cassio seems to have been kept alive merely to testify about his part in this whole debacle; and Lodovico and Gratiano are conveniently there as witnesses of the Venetian state, with Montano representing the law and order of Cyprus. He juxtaposes heaven and hell to explain his despair, and the virtue he knows again that Desdemona did possess. He leads an intense life, swinging between triumph and dread. Othello cannot stand uncertainty; it drives him to destroy his sanity. It is the very error of the moon; She comes more nearer earth than she was wont, And makes men mad. Nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice. Puny is for puisne, a law term implying inferior in rank.
This passage shows the care she has for her husband, and also that she is capable of hiding her emotion. Iago does know much more than he unfolds. I will play the swan. Being the chief manipulator and conspirator, he rejects the idea that the of a person shows his personality. Quick, quick, fear nothing; I'll be at thy elbow. Desdemona awakens, and he tells her to repent of any sins before she dies; she believes there is nothing she can do to stop him from killing her, but continues to assert her innocence. Modern interpretations of Desdemona may find fault with her resignation, but here she is a tool of tragedy.
Thou cunning'st pattern of excelling nature, I know not where is that Promethean heat That can thy light relume. Nay, if you stare, we shall hear more anon. I have to keep my reason in mind. On the field of battle Othello is skilled and triumphant; in the drawing room he is reluctant until Desdemona takes the lead and encourages him to tell his life story. He wanted to kill Rodrigo because if Roderigo lived he would ask Iago for all the gold and jewelry that Iago stole from him and said that he gave them to Desdemona.