The song “willow”- not only does the song “willow” symbolize that women are abandoned by their lovers, but it suggests that both men and women are unfaithful to each other. Emilia responds in a way that woman are just like men, and will cheat in their husbands if their husbands cheat on them. To ensure the best experience, please update your browser. Desdemona cannot imagine why any woman would give her husband cause for jealousy. . Othello, Act 4, Scene 2 _____ Explanatory Notes for Act 4, Scene 1. There overall discussion is about men and whether or not it is okay for them to cheat. I had rather be a toad, / And live upon the vapors of a dungeon, / Than keep a corner of the thing I love / For others’ uses.” (Act III, Scene 4). I was a fine fool to take it! Dramatic irony- dramatics irony is expressed during the discuss between Emilia , iago , and desdemona. The maid was in love. This quotes foreshadows desdemona’s death because she talks about dying. . . Othello act 4 Quotes 1) "Good sir, be a man, Think every bearded fellow that's but yoked May drawn with you. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I love how you also pointed out the song willow willow, how it foreshadows and describes Desdemona and Othello’s relationship. It is revealed that he has previously warned Roderigo of his daughter, saying “My daughter is not for thee,” (Act One, Scene One), but she takes control.She speaks for herself instead of letting her father speak for her, and she defends her relationship with Othello. I am not what I am” ― Shakespeare William , Othello. Iago goads Othello by arguing that it is no crime for a woman to be naked with a man, if nothing happens. This quote is important though, like you said it is what Iago wanted Othello hear and that was the proof that Othello basically needed to claim his wife unfaithful and a whore. This is an antithesis because it is a contrast of Othello’s different feelings towards desdemona, but overall he talks about one person and that is Desdemona. He then treats and talks to Desdemona as though she were a whore. Iago has inspired him to look all women like that, even though that is not possible because “if one person does something bad that does not mean that everyone else is going to do something bad”. Desdemona knows that she will die soon; she sings a song of sadness and resignation, In conjunction to iago’s plan , he begins to score points with othello because he deliberately has these man to man conversations with Othello and he constantly uplifts him to help he regain his manhood. -Aklimiyya, Brittinee, your post is similar to my post any many ways, but you also opened my eyes to some key points that I did not point out. Bianca’s quote is important because this is the proof that Othello needed all along. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out /  Without the dramatic irony , the reader would not get the full effect of how evil and conniving iago is. Even Iago bitterness spreads from character to character in the play, causing characters such as othello to act like him. I think the foreshadowing was something that everyone took notice of because of how obvious it was. Iago calls Cassio in, while Othello hides; Iago speaks to Cassio of Bianca, but Othello, in his disturbed state, believes that C… . . Emilia in my opinion has actually been subjected to the worst form of dramatic irony because not only is the lying crook her husband, but he has also manipulated her into playing a role in his devious plan. In act four of Othello, this quote appears when Iago explains to Othello how he is not like the other married men that have been cheated on. ( Log Out /  The song “willow” adds more tragedy to the story because she knows her death is coming, she know how she is going to die, and who is willing to kill her. There's millions now . This was nice to read and review. She deliberately responds, ” In troth, I think I should, and undo’t when I had done. Iago knows what he is doing every step of the way, he has everyone in the palm of his hand and following his direction. Because othello is in this condition nor is he in the right mind, the reader knows that iago does not speak directly to him, but to the “poison”. Othello's first remark is, "How shall we murder him, Iago?" #4 “T’is neither here nor there” – Emilia (Act IV, Scene III) Even though the quote directs towards cassio, it was meant for Othello to hear. Oh no! And knowing what I am, I know what she shall be”(4.96.66-73). Quote: “O curse of marriage, / That we can call these delicate creatures ours, / And not their appetites! (4.119.71-77) Emilia knows that cheating is wrong but she figures if iago cheats on her than it is okay for her to cheat, especially if it grasp Iago’s attention and getting whatever he wants. Act 4 Scene 1 Iago: Shakespeare immediately establishes the scene by portraying Iago as taunting Othello. Plot Summary. "The lethargy must have his quiet course. While Bianca speaks of another woman , iago instigates the entire situation to show Othello that cassio is the one having the affair with Desdemona. . .”(4.95.44-49). Desdemona thinks othello is crazy and he will soon leave her just like Barbary’s lover. 1)” Oh, fie upon them! The words are important to the play as they ring in Othello’s ears later, adding to the poison they are being fed against Desdemona by Iago. These subjects were heavy in conversation throughout this act. -Kayla Boykins, Your second quote is interesting to me, because I never thought Bianca’s words were significant to the act really. Othello agrees. Emilia is worried about Othello’s strange behaviour and thinks he is behaving jealously towards Desdemona. Her lover turned out to be wild and he left her . Desdemona thinks she will do the same as Barbary by sadly singing the song willow until she is depressed and dies. In act 4, the men talk about their feelings towards their women and women in general. Share your thoughts on William Shakespeare, "Othello", Act 4 scene 2's quotes with the community: 0 Comments. Without the antithesis, the reader would not know how confused and crazy othello is. No one has caught on to Iago’s plan because they are too ignorant and oblivious to see it. That is exactly why the author placed this quote here because of iago decision to stay and act so naive. O, the world hath not a / sweeter creature! Without the apostrophe, the reader could not see iago’s reaction to his work. you shall hear more by midnight” (4.101.207-208). Also it would not make the situation as difficult for the characters to find out who is the one putting the crazy ideas in Othello’s head. This quote is important because iago gets roderigo to do his dirty work as before in the beginning of the play; The reader has yet heard from roderigo since the beginning of the play. Once the captain becomes drunk, he is drawn into a brawl and attacks Montano, a former Cypriot official, badly wounding him. The song was a story about the maid. The sex between men and women are repetitively discussed. – Othello (IV.i.178-81) “To beguile many and be beguiled by one.”. . Teacher Editions with classroom activities for all 1386 titles we cover. Act 4 Scene 3 – Key Scene . The women, Desdemona and Emilia, talk about how they feel about their men and just men in general .The discussion about men represents women opposing views on cheating because Emilia and desdemona experience it different; therefore they have opposing views. Othello has gone wild and she fears that he will leave her. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. It also stands out because this will be one of the final touches of iago’s plan. (Othello, Act 3 Scene 3) 'Tis not a year or two shows us a man: They are all but stomachs, and we all but food: They eat us hungerly, and when they are full They belch us. Before iago and othello had opposing views but then othello get influenced and changes his view on women as a whole. William Shakespeare, Racism In Othello, Act 4, Scene 3, Lines 88-89 Desdemona’s action is “Good night, great night. Desdemona begins to sing a song that her mother’s maid had sung when she died. I have a stoup of wine," Iago says (Act II Scene 3). By instigating, he hypes up the situation with Bianca and cassio and then reporting back everything he heard to Othello in terms of Desdemona being the other woman. Act 4 is full of dramatic irony and foreshadowing, which slightly gives away what is going to happen in Act 5, but I am not surprised. “O, the more angel she, and you the blacker devil”. The “poison” has made othello sick and has cause him to act crazy. By regaining his manhood, iago tells him the worst possible circumstance to make him feel better and then Othello takes action later on in the play. He refuses to … I should venture purgatory for’t.” (4.119.71-77) Emilia is a prime example of what Iago lectures about. This particular scene was remarkably intense and it had me engaged the entire time; I was hoping that desdemona and Emilia would catch Iago in his lies, but they didn’t. Her father appears to be a controlling man, and she stands up to him. I like how you put the word poison into quotations marks, because it isn’t really the liquid poison and I mentioned that in my post. And made you to suspect me with the moor.” (4.112.145-147). This contrasts with Othello's train of thought in the previous act, where, with less actual evidence before him, he changed his whole view of himself and his marriage. Othello Act 4 Scene 3 15. Othello suspects that desdemona’s virtue is just a cover up for her whore-like behavior. 1) men On the other hand, othello thinks highly of Desdemona until he is heavily influenced by Iago that Desdemona cheats on him as well.This changes Othello’s attitude entirely towards women because he overlooks desdemona as a faithful woman and he lets one woman’s poor action changes his thinking of all women. This page contains the original text of Othello Act 4, Scene 1.Shakespeare’s original Othello text is extremely long, so we’ve split the text into one Scene per page. It is a great price for such a small vice. There is no doubt that she loves him but she struggles with his attitude towards her. Oh, the world never saw a sweeter creature. . Because he got proof, the readers know that everything will go good according to his plan and it will work out perfect for iago. Othello Act 4, scene 1. Desdemona disapproves cheating and she would rather avoid any type of bad deed in regards to a relationship. Because Iago speaks towards the audience and majority of the play, the tone of act 4 comes across as cynical. I did not think they had a true significance to them, but you pointed it out and explained them very well. Act 4, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's OTHELLO, with notes, line numbers and search function. Abbreviations. I liked how you discussed Desdemona’s love for Othello but her struggle to understand his new mood swings and violent actions and I think that says a lot about her character. "I’ll do’t but it dislikes me," Cassio replies. Discover and share Famous Quotes From Othello Act 3. In othello’s eyes he sees that cassio has been with Desdemona and that cassio is not as loyal as he thought he was, because cassio was not loyal to him and he is not loyal to his own girlfriend, Bianca. Othello falls into an epileptic seizure. Also, Desdemona figures that her life and Barbary’s life, her mother’s maid, have resemblance. (Emilia, Act 3 Scene 4) Yet I’ll not shed her blood, Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow, And smooth as monumental alabaster. Prithee, dispatch.”(4.117.26-33). No, my heart is turned to stone.". Both Emilia and Desdemona are put in a situation where they are blamed to be having an affair with someone other than their spouse. We say 'lie on her'. They tell Othello to beware if he is wise enough to see as his daughter who has deceived him may someday do the same to Othello. The way the characters handled it in the play might be different to how people would handle the situation today, but either way it is the same situation. Desdemona feels that she is in the same situation as Barbary, the maid. She confesses, “in troth , I think I should , and undo when I had done. By calling the poison “my medicine”, it shows how Iago enjoys watching what the poison has done to othello and Iago has taken full ownership of his work. This quote adds reassurance because Othello was not sure of what to think of Desdemona. 2) ” Let the devil and his dam haunt you! Othello and Iago enter in mid-conversation. This shows Iago’s persuasive and manipulative ways as well as Roderigo stupidity. This quote alone foreshadows the action Othello takes to regain his manhood and the unraveling relationships. The dramatic irony is that the most jealous indignation is expressed over offenses that did not happen: Othello jealous about his wife; Bianca jealous about Cassio; Iago formerly jealous about Emilia. The main topic that everyone seem to discuss is about women. . Detailed quotes explanations with page numbers for every important quote on the site. Oh, the world hath not. (4.118.56) Because desdemona compares her life to this song , desdemona thinks Othello will leave her for another woman after her so called affair. Iago is enlisting Roderigo i… . No, my heart is turned to stone: I. strike it, and it hurst my hand. (IV.i.) She thinks it is some other than iago but the reader knows that it is iago who put those crazy ideas in Othello’s head. Iago then remarks that if he were to give his wife a handkerchief, it would be hers to do as she wished with it. Othello Act 4 Scene 1 13. SCENE 1. 1) “Good sir, be a man, Think every bearded fellow that’s but yoked May drawn with you. The ills we do, their ills instruct us so" (Act IV, Scene III, Lines 83- 100). Brainerd Kellogg. . Bitter about being passed up for Cassio's post, Iago reveals he serves Othello only to serve himself. Cassio enters and notices Othello’s state of unconsciousness. Desdemona even states it herself,”If I court more women you’ll couch with more men”. How comes this trick upon him?” (4.112.128-129) This shows how dramatic the situation is. All Acts are listed on the Othello text page, or linked to from the bottom of this page.. ACT 4. In a very cunning manner, Iago plants the notion of infidelity in Othello’s mind. In the literary devices, your apostrophe that you used, I used the same thing as my quote. Othello falls in a trance. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Notify me of new comments via email. 5.2 OthelloCompares himself to a racial stranger showing he has become who everyone feared he was. Change ). While desdemona tries to figure it out, Emilia thinks that it is the same person who suspected her to cheat on iago with the moor. This quote demonstrates Desdemona's strength and bravery. This is my favorite quote because their is truth in it. Also, referring to Othello, Iago says that not all men are fit to lead and not all leaders should be followed. Even though Emilia and desdemona have different views on cheating , the topic of discussion still remains on men. He gets roderigo involved because this will get roderigo a step closer to be with desdemona and Iago’s hands will be clean. I did learn a new literary element though, which is the antithesis. The dramatic irony allows for the audience to know what is going on but leaves them feeling helpless to do anything which increases the tension throughout the play. This particular quote stood out amongst the rest because this is the first time we hear from Bianca or anybody else that cassio acquaintance himself with in that matter, especially after iago tells everyone that cassio is such a flirt. Of course Othello feels simpleminded for thinking that Desdemona is innocent, nice and sweet, which she is. Once he received an okay from othello to kill cassio, he knew exactly what to do next. This statement is one of the few moments of honesty between Iago and another character. Lie on her? She feels that there is no hope for her and Othello’s relationship. Iago believes all women cheat and only a man is stupid enough to think anything less. (4.118.56) By singing the song “willow” Desdemona accepts the fact that she has cheated along with othello crazy behavior. Also I thought the conversations, which Desdemona and Emilia had, was interesting because nowadays people cheat or are accused of cheating while they are in a relationship. Work!”(4.95.44-45) One can also tell that he speaks to an object because it does not respond back to him. Shakespeare might as well have put a sign out that says Desdemona is about to die if he wanted to be any clearer. Othello Act 4, Scene 3 Summary & Quotes The Willow Song in Othello 6:46 Othello Act 5, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes Desdemona was pure and innocent while Othello enacts his racial stereotype. Othello talks about how he wants her to die but if she dies he would be sad and hurt. Good faith, how foolish are our minds! . Because of Iago lectures , Othello overlooks her faithfulness . . Foreshadow- a foreshadow appears when Desdemona is at her breaking point. Compares Desdemona to something white, pure and precious. She might lie by an emperor’s side and / command him tasks.”. In conjunctions to iago’s plan, this foreshadows iago’s plan because this proof is what he need in order to move on with his plan. . ( Log Out /  Heaven me such use send out. Learn the important quotes in Othello and the chapters they're from, including why they're important and what they mean in the context of the book. On the other hand , Emilia experiences it as where she is the offender. This quote stands out from the rest because iago tells Othello how to be a man and he is not a man himself. His suggestion is a subtle mutiny aimed at Roderigo. Yet, for necessity of present life, I must show out a flag and sign of love—. Othello speaks with Desdemona in private, threatening to banish her and calling her "whore" and "strumpet" — charges that she immediately denies. Analysis: Othello soliloquizes the curse of marriage when one marries an unfaithful woman. Desdemona thinks the song “willow” means, “If I court more women you’ll couch with more men”. (1.1.171-174) After stirring up trouble for Othello with Brabantio, Iago says he needs to get lost because it wouldn't look right for him to be present when his general is confronted by Desdemona's father. It also is the first seed planted in his game of deception. (Othello, Act 5 Scene 2) Which is indeed but sign. In the quote Bianca talks as if cassio cheats on her with another woman. The woman he cheats on her with seems to be Desdemona, due to the handkerchief that was misplaced into her bed. I admired the scene with Iago, desdemona, and Emilia because it withholds suspense. In this case women is a motif because Iago and othello talk about women multiple times in act 4. Before the castle. In your first quote, I do like that the fact that you also realize how Iago needs to be trying to fix his own marriage with Emilia versus to destroying Desdemona and Othello’s marriage. I like it because it does show how confused Othello is. Othello, rather than abandon his suspicions, believes Desdemona is so cunning that she has managed to deceive even her maid. It foreshadows the results of his plans, whether roderigo will be with desdemona, will they extend their stay, or whether cassio will die. This theme is important because there are several occasions where women are accused of cheating. 1) act 4 made me feel very well entertained. Emilia comes in, and Othello … Barbary’s husband was crazy and he left her, similar to desdemona and othello. Scene ii: Othello tries to get Emilia to tell him what he is now convinced of; that Desdemona is cheating. "Lie with her? Antithesis is shown when othello talks about his conflicting feelings toward Desdemona. Othello Act 4 Scene 2 14. He clearly says, “Beshrew him for’t! About “Othello Act 4 Scene 2” Emilia assures the suspicious Othello that Desdemona’s behavior toward Cassio has been completely innocent. She might lie by an emperor’s side. Quotes from William Shakespeare's Othello. In your literary elements, I completely agree with the dramatic irony, the apostrophe, and the foreshadowing. In this scene, Emilia helps Desdemona get ready for bed. Our blog post had a lot in common I think. Othello Introduction + Context. Synopsis: Iago continues to torment Othello with vivid descriptions of Desdemona’s alleged sexual activity. Ed. Throughout act 4 all Iago talks about is how bad Cassio and Desdemona are; he is even amused with his own poor behavior that ruins everybody’s relationship. New York: Clark & Maynard. He continuously lie to people and the audience can see that he is distrusting. Emilia also shows us her feminist side in Act V when she call out the lies of her husband in front of Iago, Othello, and some of the other men. Othello Act 4, scene 2 Summary & Analysis | LitCharts. Othello is upset at the thought of Desdemona cheating on him, but he cannot stay mad because he has a soft spot for her. It is a motif because Emilia and desdemona finally discuss what has been recurrently happening in multiple situations. The foreshadowing simply tells the audience that something is going to happen in the future not necessarily when or how which leaves them on a constant cliffhanger. tags: heart, love. Desdemona is with a husband who has not only turned verbally abusive but physically as well and still chooses to be with him and give him the benefit of the doubt. This quote adds proof and evidence to back up iago’s evil plan. Not o choice bad from bad put by a bad fix” William Shakespeare, Racism In Othello, Act 4, Scene 3, Lines 106-107 Since she never ever did wrong to her spouse, she had nothing to worry of. . It looks like your browser needs an update. Again iago’s plan begins to fall in place. This song strikes me as a symbol because usually songs have a huge impact on someone’s life, and in this case the song willow has an impact on Desdemona life. Desdemona experiences cheating as in comparison to the song willow. Shakespeare puts that song in this act for a reason. The poison is Iago’s words that affect Othello in such a big way and makes him go insane. Reviving Othello, he proposes to have a chat with Cassio about Desdemona, letting Othello overhear. Roderigo should have went with his own first mind and left the town rather than stay around to do Iago’s dirty work, little does he know. The attack is an embarrassment to Othello, who is forced to act quickly to appease the Cypriot officials. Othello Act 3 Scene 4 12. It is advised to be more dramatic because iago is there in the room with them and discussing it with them. Now Othello has been truly deceived by Iago, and his goading is torturing Othello mentally to the point of madness. She loves othello so much that she is willing to still love him after the way he has treated her. In your literary elements I too discussed the effects of dramatic irony, foreshadowing, and a antithesis. Iago purposely did that so that he can get roderigo to do his dirty work for him because it would not make sense for iago to kill him if Cassio trust him. This is some minx’s token, and I must take out the work?” ( 4.99.146-151). In your last quote about Iago’s plan to kill Cassio, our thought process was the same in this matter. The author place an an thesis here to emphasize Othello’s mixed feelings. It was nice to see a blog post that had the same ideas as I did because it meant that I truly understood what was going on in this act. I will indeed no longer endure it.". However, I did not know that men and women could be motifs. 3)”work on, My medicine, work! I will chop her … While there is a dramatic irony all throughout the play it is most prominent in the scene with Emilia because of how ignorant she is to everything that is going on. At this point the “poison” or lies has affected othello in a huge way. Othello falls into a trance of rage, and Iago decides to hammer home his false ideas about his wife. It would change the readers perspective of iago as well. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. . After talking out of anger, he reminds himself how much he actually loves desdemona. Iago turns him away and Othello gains consciousness and Iago further makes him suffer from his treacherous words about Desdemona’s betrayal and further plans about talking to Cassio about Bianca and her love for him which will but make him laugh and Othello in … Marry, I would not do such a ting for a joint- ring, nor for measures of lawn, nor for gowns, petticoats, nor caps, nor any petty exhibition . 3) “And for Cassio, let me be his undertaker. At first it was othello idea to kill cassio but iago offered to kill Cassio for him. Cyprus. I was excited to see how the story unfolds. Othello Quotes Act 4. “To kiss in private?” “Or to be naked with her friend in bed?”. In this case the “poison” is the lies that iago told him, which he continues to tell him. ", "Ayyyyyyy (lmao) let her rot and perish and be damned tonight, for she shall not live. Bianca has not been much of an importance in the last acts, but I see that there is some importance in what she says even though she is a whore. 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