Othello Quotes Essay

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QUOTE | EXPLANATION | THEME | “But for my sport and profit, I hate the Moor:It is thought abroad, that ‘twixt my sheetsHe has done my office: I know not if’t be true;But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, Will do as if for surety.” Act 1, Scene 3 | Iago talking about how he hates the Moor and even though he’s almost sure it’s not true, he pretends to suspect that Othello has slept with his wife, Emilia, giving him more reason to get back at Othello. | Manipulation/betrayal | “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see:She has deceived her father, and may thee” Act 1, Scene 3 | Brabantio suggests to Othello that because Desdemona has previously deceived her father in marrying the Moor, she will most likely also be unfaithful to her husband. Othello agrees, convincing him more of Cassio and Desdemona’s affair | Manipulation/betrayal | “Look to your wife, observe her well with Cassio.” Act 3, Scene 3 | Iago subtly places the idea of Desdemona and Cassio in Othello’s mind. But then he’d go and pretend he doesn’t know what he’s talking about which makes Othello question it more | Manipulation/betrayal | “I am glad of this; for now I shall have reason to show the love and duty that I bear you.” Act 3, Scene 3 | Iago makes Othello think that because he’s come to him with his suspicions that he is a good and honest friend. | Manipulation/betrayal | “If I can fasten but one cup upon him, With that which he hath drunk to-night already, He'll be as full of quarrel and offence As my young mistress' dog.” | Iago knows Cassio gets drunk easily and manipulates this by purposely getting him drunk so he will do something that will result in him getting in trouble with Othello and lose his role as lieutenant. This is revenge for Othello choosing Cassio over Iago to begin with but mostly so Desdemona will try to defend Cassio which would make Othello jealous |

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