Sunday, October 4, 2015

Summary/Response Act 5 Redo #2

Summary 

  1. Act 5 of Othello, by William Shakespeare, demonstrates how revenge drives one to cause harm and deception among those they are closest to.
    1. Iago’s desire has always been to exterminate Othello and he has manipulated Roderigo and Cassio in order to do so.
      1. However, now that the two are of no use to him, he is looking to murder them as well.
        1. On the streets of Cyprus at night, Iago urges Roderigo to murder Cassio through manipulation, but instead, Cassio stabs Roderigo.
        2. Then, Iago cuts Cassio’s leg and uses the wound as an excuse to murder Roderigo, whom he blames for the incident.
        3. Iago convinces Cassio that Roderigo wounded him, therefore deceiving him.
In Act 5 of Othello, Iago is consumed by his desire for revenge to the point where he is willing manipulate and even harm others.

Response


  1. Act 5 of Shakespeare’s Othello correctly portrays how the want for revenge can cause one to destroy their relationships with others through harmful actions and manipulation.
    1. When Roderigo, Cassio, Iago, and others decide to walk the streets of Cyprus late at night, another chapter of Iago’s revenge story unfolds. Iago is hoping that Roderigo will murder Cassio without any complications, but he fails and leaves Cassio uninjured, and Cassio stabs Roderigo. Iago then wounds Cassio’s leg and he cries out, so Othello, who hates Cassio, believes he is dead, and leaves satisfied.
    2. Iago then blames Roderigo for Cassio’s wound and refers to him as a “murd’rous slave” before stabbing him. He then claims, “I cry you mercy. Here’s Cassio hurt by villains” (Shakespeare 5.1.82).  
      1. Iago harms Roderigo, whom he has developed a relationship with by involving him in his revenge plot, and in the process, he has manipulated Cassio into believing that Roderigo has wounded him, all in order to reach his goal of fulfilling his need for revenge by murdering Othello.
      2. Iago has been swallowed by the overwhelming presence of revenge and he has let it drive him to deceive and destroy.
  2. However, Iago shows concern about Cassio’s wound.
    1. Iago comforts Cassio by tending to his needs and demonstrates his unease about the cut when he says, “Marry, heaven forbid! Light, gentlemen. I’ll bind it with my shirt” (Shakespeare 5.1.86-87).
      1. Iago tries to help Cassio by slowing the bleeding by wrapping his leg so Cassio doesn’t parish.
      2. Iago is clearly upset about the injury, showing that he cares for Cassio and that his intention was not to hurt his friend.

Rebuttal

  1. At first glance…
    1. It may seem like Iago truly cares for Cassio and whether he lives or dies. Iago seems to truly be worried about Cassio and attempts to help and support him.
  2. It is easy to understand how someone could interpret Iago in such a way…
    1. because he lends his help by binding Cassio’s leg and sitting him down in a chair in order to save Cassio’s life.
  3. However, this interpretation misses an important point.
    1. Iago does not really care for Cassio, he is just another step in his revenge plan. After Cassio has done his part in the scheme, Iago explains that he plans to murder Cassio when he says, “Now, whether he kill Cassio, or Cassio him, or each do kill the other, every way makes my gain” (Shakespeare 5.1.13-15). Since Iago’s plan no longer involves Roderigo or Cassio, he does not care whether they live or die. But, if they perish, he will gain from it either way because Roderigo cannot retaliate and Cassio cannot learn of Iago’s true intentions and respond negatively. Iago is clearly not concerned with Cassio’s life- he only wishes to gain his revenge on Othello.
Act 5 of Othello by William Shakespeare correctly depicts how Iago is willing to deceive and cause pain because he is consumed by his want for revenge.
Summary/Response Act 5 Redo

Summary

  1. Act 5 of Othello, by William Shakespeare, demonstrates how revenge drives one to cause harm and deception among those they are closest to.
    1. Iago’s desire has always been to exterminate Othello and he has manipulated Roderigo and Cassio in order to do so.
      1. However, now that the two are of no use to him, he is looking to murder them as well.
        1. On the streets of Cyprus at night, Iago urges Roderigo to murder Cassio through manipulation, but instead, Cassio stabs Roderigo.
        2. Then, Iago cuts Cassio’s leg and uses the wound as an excuse to murder Roderigo, whom he blames for the incident.
        3. Iago convinces Cassio that Roderigo wounded him, therefore deceiving him.
In Act 5 of Othello, Iago is consumed by his desire for revenge to the point where he is willing manipulate and even harm others.

Response


  1. Act 5 of Shakespeare’s Othello correctly portrays how the want for revenge can cause one to destroy their relationships with others through harmful actions and manipulation.
    1. When Roderigo, Cassio, Iago, and others decide to walk the streets of Cyprus late at night, another chapter of Iago’s revenge story unfolds. Iago is hoping that Roderigo will murder Cassio without any complications, but he fails and leaves Cassio uninjured, and Cassio stabs Roderigo. Iago then wounds Cassio’s leg and he cries out, so Othello, who hates Cassio, believes he is dead, and leaves satisfied.
    2. Iago then blames Roderigo for Cassio’s wound and refers to him as a “murd’rous slave” before stabbing him. He then claims, “I cry you mercy. Here’s Cassio hurt by villains,” (Shakespeare 5.1.82)  
      1. Iago harms Roderigo, whom he has developed a relationship with by involving him in his revenge plot, and in the process, he has manipulated Cassio into believing that Roderigo has wounded him, all in order to reach his goal of fulfilling his need for revenge by murdering Othello.
      2. Iago has been swallowed by the overwhelming presence of revenge and he has let it drive him to deceive and destroy.
  2. However, Iago shows concern about Cassio’s wound.
    1. Iago comforts Cassio by tending to his needs and demonstrates his unease about the cut when he says, “Marry, heaven forbid! Light, gentlemen. I’ll bind it with my shirt,” (Shakespeare 5.1.86-87)
      1. Iago tries to help Cassio by slowing the bleeding by wrapping his leg so Cassio doesn’t parish.
      2. Iago is clearly upset about the injury, showing that he cares for Cassio and that his intention was not to hurt his friend.

Rebuttal

  1. At first glance…
    1. It may seem like Iago truly cares for Cassio and whether he lives or dies. Iago seems to truly be worried about Cassio and attempts to help and support him.
  2. It is easy to understand how someone could interpret Iago in such a way…
    1. because he lends his help by binding Cassio’s leg and sitting him down in a chair in order to save Cassio’s life.
  3. However, this interpretation misses an important point.
    1. Iago does not really care for Cassio, he is just another step in his revenge plan. After Cassio has done his part in the scheme, Iago explains that he plans to murder Cassio when he says, “Now, whether he kill Cassio, or Cassio him, or each do kill the other, every way makes my gain,” (Shakespeare 5.1.13-15) Iago is clearly not concerned with Cassio’s life- he only wishes to gain his revenge on Othello.
Act 5 of Othello by William Shakespeare correctly depicts how Iago is willing to deceive and cause pain because he is consumed by his want for revenge.
Summary/Response Act 5

Summary

  1. Act 5 of Othello, by William Shakespeare, demonstrates how Iago is driven by revenge to manipulate and harm others.
    1. Iago’s desire has always been to exterminate Othello and he has manipulated Roderigo and Cassio in order to do so.
      1. However, now that the two are of no use to him, he is looking to murder them as well.
        1. On the streets of Cyprus at night, Iago urges Roderigo to murder Cassio, but instead, Cassio stabs Roderigo.
        2. Then, Iago cuts Cassio’s leg and uses the wound as an excuse to murder Roderigo, whom he blames for the incident.
          1. Iago not only manipulates Roderigo, but he also betrays him in order to reach his ultimate goal of eliminating Othello.
          2. Iago also harms Cassio as part of his revenge plot and tricks him into believing that Roderigo wounded his leg.
In Act 5 of Othello, Iago is consumed by his desire for revenge to the point where he is willing manipulate and even harm others.

Response


  1. Act 5 of Shakespeare’s Othello correctly portrays how the want for revenge can cause one to destroy their relationships with others through harmful actions and manipulation.
    1. When Roderigo, Cassio, Iago, and others decide to walk the streets of Cyprus late at night, another chapter of Iago’s revenge story unfolds. Iago is hoping that Roderigo will murder Cassio without any complications, but he fails and leaves Cassio uninjured, and Cassio stabs Roderigo. Iago then wounds Cassio’s leg and he cries out, so Othello, who hates Cassio, believes he is dead, and leaves satisfied.
    2. Iago then blames Roderigo for Cassio’s wound and refers to him as a “murd’rous slave” before stabbing him. He then claims, “I cry you mercy. Here’s Cassio hurt by villains.” (Shakespeare 5.1.82)  
      1. Iago harms Roderigo, whom he has developed a relationship with by involving him in his revenge plot, and in the process, he has manipulated Cassio into believing that Roderigo has wounded him, all in order to reach his goal of fulfilling his need for revenge by murdering Othello.
      2. Iago has been swallowed by the overwhelming presence of revenge and he has let it drive him to deceive and destroy.
  2. However, Iago shows concern about Cassio’s wound.
    1. Iago comforts Cassio by tending to his needs and demonstrates his unease about the cut when he says, “Marry, heaven forbid! Light, gentlemen. I’ll bind it with my shirt.” (Shakespeare 5.1.86-87)
      1. Iago tries to help Cassio by slowing the bleeding by wrapping his leg so Cassio doesn’t parish.
      2. Iago is clearly upset about the injury, showing that he cares for Cassio and that his intention was not to hurt his friend.

Rebuttal

  1. At first glance…
    1. It may seem like Iago truly cares for Cassio and whether he lives or dies.
  2. It is easy to understand how someone could interpret Iago in such a way…
    1. because he lends his help by binding Cassio’s leg and sitting him down in a chair in order to save Cassio’s life.
  3. However, this interpretation misses an important point.
    1. Iago does not really care for Cassio, he is just another step in his revenge plan. After Cassio has done his part in the scheme, Iago explains that he plans to murder Cassio when he says, “Now, whether he kill Cassio, or Cassio him, or each do kill the other, every way makes my gain.” (Shakespeare 5.1.13-15) Iago is clearly not concerned with Cassio’s life- he only wishes to gain his revenge on Othello.
Act 5 of Othello correctly depicts how Iago is willing to cause pain physically and through deception in order to obtain his revenge on the Moor.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Harguth/Dailey Summary/Response Act 2 Redo

Summary

  1. Act 2 of Othello, by William Shakespeare, portrays how hatred drove Iago to conspire against Cassio.
    1. Iago intoxicates Cassio.
      1. Cassio loses control of his temper when  he is drunk.
        1. He will fight with Montano.
        2. Iago will convince Cassio to seek Desdemona’s help.
    2. He plans to take advantage of Cassio’s close relationship with Desdemona.
      1. Iago tells Cassio to go to Desdemona for her to talk to Othello about the devastating decision.
      2. He will convince Othello they are having an affair when Desdemona stands up for Cassio.
In Act 2 of Othello, Iago's hatred of Othello drives him to plot against and betray his relationship with Cassio.

Response

  1. Act 2 of Othello correctly portrays how hatred can lead to the destruction of relationships   because it causes characters to turn against and manipulate one another.
    1. This is shown in the relationship between Iago and Cassio.
      1. Iago manipulates Cassio in order to get revenge on Othello.
      2. During a celebration, Iago encourages Cassio to enjoy himself and savor a drink or two.  
      3. “O, they are our friends! But one cup; I’ll drink for you,” says Iago (Shakespeare 2.3. 37-38).
        1. Iago gets Cassio drunk in order to obtain the first lieutenant position.
        2. Iago will have Cassio fight with Montano and then be fired.
        3. He will then encourage Cassio to gain the support of Desdemona to convince Othello that they are having an affair.
    2. However, Iago is supporting Cassio by giving him advice when he says,
      1. “Our general’s wife is now a general,” says Iago (Shakespeare 2.3. 368-369).
        1. Iago is encouraging Cassio to speak to Desdemona about being fired in the hope that she will talk to Othello.
        2. Iago is looking out for his friend and trying to help him regain his prior position.

Act 2 of Othello depicts how hatred is a destructor of relationships because it encourages betrayal and manipulation.


Rebuttal

  1. A common view is that…
    1. Iago is truly a friend of Cassio’s.
      1. He is looking out for Cassio when he suggests that he talk to Desdemona in order to regain his position as first lieutenant.
  2. This position seems reasonable…
    1. Iago is being helpful when he suggests this and gives Cassio confidence in his current situation.
      1. Iago seems to be truly making an effort in trying to improve the distraught mental status of Cassio.
  3. However…
    1. It is clear that Iago is only out for himself.
      1. He tells Roderigo that he is going to manipulate Cassio and Desdemona in order to convince Othello that the two are having an affair in order to gain the first lieutenant position.
      2. Also, Iago makes sneaky side comments suggesting that he feels betrayed and wants to inflict the utmost worse possible revenge act he can on Othello for not picking him as the first lieutenant.

  1. Hatred consumes Iago as he feverishly works to destroy the relationship between Desdemona, Othello, and Cassio in order to fulfill his plan of destruction of his enemies.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Dailey/Harguth Summary/Response Act 2

Summary

  1. Act 2 of Othello, by William Shakespeare, portrays how hatred drove Iago to conspire against Cassio.
    1. Iago intoxicates Cassio
      1. Cassio loses control of his temper when drunk
        1. He will fight with Montano
        2. Iago will convince Cassio to seek Desdemona’s help
    2. He plans to take advantage of Cassio’s close relationship with Desdemona
      1. Iago tells Cassio to go to Desdemona for her to talk to Othello about devastating decision
      2. He will convince Othello they are having an affair when Desdemona stands up for Cassio
In Act 2 of Othello, Iago's hatred of Othello drives him to plot against and betray his relationship with Cassio.

Response

  1. Act 2 of Othello correctly portrays how hatred can lead to the destruction of relationships   because it causes characters to turn against and manipulate one another.
    1. Shown in the relationship between Iago and Cassio
      1. Iago manipulates Cassio in order to get revenge on Othello
      2. “O, they are our friends! But one cup; I’ll drink for you,” says Iago (Shakespeare 2.3. 37-38)
        1. Iago gets Cassio drunk in order to obtain the first lieutenant position
        2. Iago will have Cassio fight with Montano and then be fired
        3. He will then encourage Cassio to gain the support of Desdemona to convince Othello that they are having an affair
    2. However, Iago is supporting Cassio by giving him advice when he says,
      1. “Our general’s wife is now a general,” says Iago (Shakespeare 2.3. 368-369)
        1. Iago is encouraging Cassio to speak to Desdemona about being fired in the hope that she will talk to Othello
        2. Iago is looking out for his friend
Act 2 of Othello depicts how hatred is a destructor of relationships because it encourages betrayal and manipulation.

Rebuttal


  1. A common view is that…
    1. Iago is truly a friend of Cassio’s
      1. He is looking out for Cassio when he suggests that he talk to Desdemona in order to regain his position as first lieutenant
  2. We cannot deny that…
    1. Iago is being helpful when he suggests this and gives Cassio confidence in his current situation
      1. Iago seems to be truly making an effort in trying to improve the distraught mental status of Cassio
  3. However…
    1. It is clear that Iago is only out for himself
      1. He tells Roderigo that he is going to manipulate Cassio and Desdemona in order to convince Othello that the two are having an affair in order to gain the first lieutenant position
      2. Also, Iago makes sneaky side comments suggesting that he feels betrayed and wants to inflict the utmost worse possible revenge act he can on Othello for not picking him as the first lieutenant