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Marxism in Act 5 Othello

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Ubiomo Oboh

on 27 November 2012

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Transcript of Marxism in Act 5 Othello

By: Ubee and Tife Other characters... Emilia Gratiano and Lodovico Iago Desdemona Cassio Othello What is Marxism? How does Marxism apply to
the characters in Othello Act 5 Summary of Act 5 Marxism in Act 5 Othello Marxism is an economic and sociopolitical worldview and method of socioeconomic inquiry based upon a materialist interpretation of historical development, a dialectical view of social change, and an analysis of class-relations within society and their application in the analysis and critique of the development of capitalism. Iago and Roderigo plan to kill Cassio.
Iago injures Roderigo and Cassio.
Othello plans to kill Desdemona but has conflicting emotions.
In the end he kills her.
Emilia finds out that Othello kills Desdemona and she rages.
Othello is dismissed of his position and Cassio is appointed as Lord Governor.
Iago is found guilty and then he kills his wife, Emilia.
Othello kills himself.
Cassio is to decide what happens to Iago. High Class - Othello, Desdemona, Roderigo, Gratiano, Lodovico, Iago, Cassio, Montano,

Middle Class- Cassio

Low Class- Emilia, Bianca, Iago Desdemona is Brabantio's daughter

The fact that she is also Othello's wife also boosts her status in society "Zounds, hold your peace" (5.2.254)

"Be wise, and get you home." (5.2.259)

"For this slave..." (5.2.384)
This is reference to Iago by Lodovico. Here Lodovico tags him as a slave which shows that he has no control
even over his own actions and that he was born to be
controlled by others "Ay, ay! O, lay me by my mistress's side." Gratiano and Lodovico were both Venetian Gentlemen
and they were kinsmen to Brabantio which shows that they have som sort of power and authority.

Lodovico: "Wrentch his sword from him" (5.2.332)
Here he was commanding the officers to collect the sword from Othello.

"You must forsake this room and go with us./
You're power and your command is taken off/
And Cassio rose in Cyprus." (5.2.382-384) Thank YOU!! :) Social Division in Society High class - Those who belong to this class are
wealthy. They have a lot of power and are in control over everyone else. They are highly respected in the society Example: The president, Chancellor etc Middle Class - Those in the middle class have enough money to sustain themselves and their family. They can afford a few luxuries and are classified as "ordinary people". Low Class - These people are sometimes
regarded as peasants and are usually outcats in society. Examples: Beggars "Well, do it, and be brief; i will walk by./
I would not kill thy unprepared spirit;/
No; heaven forfend! i would not kill thy soul." (5.2.33-35)

"Peace, you were best!" (5.2.193)

" I am a valiant neither/
But every puny whipster gets my sword./
Buy why should honour outlive honesty?/
Let it go all./" (5.2.286-289) "Emilia: O who hath done this deed?
Desdemona: Nobody; I myself. Farewell!" Here we see that she protecting both herself
and her husband as she is a reflection of Othello. "and Cassio rules in Cyprus" (5.2.384)
""To you, lord governor,/ remains the censure of this hellis villian;/ The time, the place, the torture. O enforce it!" (5.2.421-423) Quotes from the play Basic background on Othello - A member of the high class

- High position in the army

- Quite gullible

- Always puts his reputation first - the wife of Iago and attendant of Desdemona

- She is classified as a member of the lower class

-She has to respect her husband
Time Period of Othello

-Othello was written in approximately 1603

- This was during the Elizabethan era

-During this period, the monarch was queen Elizabeth I

-There was a sense of class and wealth
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