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Othello - Key Quotes from Act 4

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Amy Hodge

on 31 July 2014

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Transcript of Othello - Key Quotes from Act 4

“As doth the raven o’er the infected house, / Boding to all! – he had my handkerchief.” – Othello (IV.i.21)
What you told me it haunts me like a nightmare – he’s got my handkerchief!
“A horned man’s a monster and a beast.” – Othello (IV.i.62 )
A man who’s been cheated on isn’t a real man. He’s subhuman, like an animal.
“To beguile many and be beguiled by one.” – Iago (IV.i.97)
That’s the whore’s curse, to seduce many men, but to be seduced by on.
“I / strike it and it huts my hand. O, the world hath not a / sweeter creature! She might lie by an emperor’s side and / command him tasks.” – Othello (IV.i.178-81)
When I hit it, it hurts my hand. Oh, the world never saw a sweeter creature. She could be married to an emperor, and he’d like her slave!
“O thou weed, / Who art so lovely fair and smell’st so sweet/ That the sense aches at thee, would thou hadst ne’er / been born!” – Othello (IV.ii.66-68)
You’re like a weed pretending to be a flower, so beautiful and sweet-smelling that I ache when I look at you. Oh, I wish you’d never been born.
“Her honour is an essence that’s not seen: / They have it very oft that have it no.”
– Iago (IV.i.16-7)
You can’t see a reputation. A lot of people don’t even deserve the reputations they have.
Othello - Key Quotes from Act 4
“Ud’s pity, who would not make her husband a cuckold, to make him a monarch?” – Emilia (IV.iii.73-4)
Who wouldn’t cheat on her husband to make him king?
As Emilia and Desdemona are discussing marriage in this scene, Emilia implies that she would cheat on her husband, Iago, if she had something to gain from it. But Desdemona does not understand Emilia’s reasoning as she is a devoted wife to Othello. This line highlights the differences in their morals. This also adds to our image of Desdemona as being innocent, which makes the reasoning behind her murderous death even more tragic.
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