Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Summary Response Outline
Kayla Lampe Redo Othello Act 1

Summary: No opinion- stick to the facts. No personal words (I, you, we, my, me, our, us, your)
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
Othello, by William Shakespeare, demonstrates how jealousy can rules one’s life.
  • Supporting ideas to prove main ideas
Iago became fueled with jealousy when Othello chose Cassio to be his lieutenant and not him.
  • Explanation of ideas
Due to this envy, Iago plots to seek revenge on Othello’s betrayal.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
Shakespeare clearly illustrates how envy can cause friends to turn on each other.
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Othello, by William Shakespeare, correctly portrays how jealousy can rules one’s actions because Iago chose to get revenge over keeping a friendship with Othello.
  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up In Venice, Italy, the noble general Othello has chosen Michael Cassio as his lieutenant instead of Iago.
    • Evidence: Lead in  “ quotation”
Iago complains to Roderigo that he is a much more qualified lieutenant than Cassio could ever be. Iago explains his reasoning to Roderigo when he says,”And what is he? Forsooth, a great arithmetician, one Michael Cassio, a Florentine, A fellow almost damned in a fair wife, that never set a squadron in the field, nor the division of a battle knows more than a spinster,”(Shakespeare 1.1.19-25).  
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
Cassio is a arithmetician from Florence, which leads Iago to believe Cassio can’t fulfill the duty of the lieutenancy. Cassio has never been in battle before, and doesn’t compare to  Iago’s experience and knowledge in the field. Iago feels superior to Cassio, and is confident in the fact that he would excell greater in the lieutenant position than Cassio ever could. Due to this jealousy, Iago decides to go after Othello because he believes that Othello betrayed him by picking Cassio as his lieutenant. Iago manipulates Rodrigo into helping him destroy Othello and Desdemona’s marriage, and destroy Othello.
  • Counterclaim 1:
    • Set-up: However, Iago doesn’t only care about getting revenge.
    • Evidence: After Roderigo realizes he has lost Desdemona, he proclaims, “I will incontinently drown myself” (Shakespeare 1.3 347).

    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim
After Roderigo confessed this to Iago, Iago convinces Roderigo that there are still reasons to live. Iago explains to Roderigo that Desdemona will get bored with Othello and leave him. When this happens Roderigo must be ready, with money, to take her hand in marriage. Roderigo has a change of heart and decides there are still reasons for him to live.
  • Claim 2:
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
  • Counterclaim 2: Although, ....
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument?
A common view is that Iago wouldn’t betray Othello because of their friendship. This position seems reasonable because Iago acts friendly towards Othello. However this is all an act. When Iago is talking to Roderigo early on he says, “I am not what I am” (Shakespeare 1.1 .71). This means that he is two faced and his actions contradict the way he feels. When Iago is with Othello, he appears to be a friend, but when Iago is with Roderigo, he appears to be a hateful, jealous man who despises Othello. Iago even admits to himself, “I hate the Moor” (Shakespeare 1.3.429). Othello still trusts Iago due to the fact that he believes they are friends. Iago uses this trust to manipulate Othello and leads him to believe false information. When Iago convinces Roderigo to not drown himself, this is not out of love or compassion. Iago knows that he will need Roderigo’s aid later on in his path for revenge, so he needs Roderigo to be alive.

  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
Iago shows how his jealousy controls his actions when he continues to betray his friend Othello and Roderigo, just to seek revenge for not receiving the lieutenancy.

1 comment:

  1. Set up situations of quotes in more detail.