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Othello's Final Speech

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Karamjit Chahal

on 8 December 2013

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Transcript of Othello's Final Speech

"Soft you! a word or two before you go
I have done the state some service, and they know't
No more of that. I pray you in your letters,
When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice. Then Must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely, but too well;
Of one not easily jealous, but, being wrought,
preplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand,
Like the base Judean, threw a pearl away
Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdued eyes,
Albeit unused to the melting mood,
Drop tears a fast as the Arabian trees
Their med'cinable gum. Set you down this.
And say besides that in Aleppo once,
Where a malignant and turbaned Turk
Beat a Venertian and traduced the state,
I took by th' throat the circumcised dog
And smote him - thus." - Act 5 Scene II (339-357)
Othello's Final Speech
"Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees their med'cinable gum."
Othello uses this image to describe how he easily jumped to conclusions and let his emotions rule over his brain, effectively disabling his rational mind.
"Where a Malignant and turbaned Turk Beat a venetian and traduced the state"
"I took by th' throat the circumcised dog
And smote him - thus."
"Like the base Judean, threw a pearl away"
Othello has thrown away his love, his life, and anything that is precious and valuable to him. The pure white pearl symbolizes Desdemona, and how much she meant to Othello.
Othello uses the conflict between the turks and venetians to represent his inner conflict. The bad turk in him has beaten the good venetian in him.
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A circumcised dog represents something that of a innocent, pure, sinless nature. Desdemona represented the dog, in that she was killed for no wrong doings.
In Othello's speech before he commits suicide, he speaks of how he realizes his mistakes, he knows he jumped to conclusions and regrets the murder of his dear beloved Desdemona. He uses imagery to express his unexplainable emotions for his horrible mistake. In the end, before killing himself he asks the witnesses to speak of him not as a villian or a hero, but simply as a man who "that loved not wisely, but to well" (345)
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