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Othello Motif: Money, Value & Theft
Transcript of Othello Motif: Money, Value & Theft
Brabantio confronts Othello about stealing his daughter, Desdemona. He asks where Othello has "stow'd," or hidden, his daughter. This quote shows clear evidence of two motifs, value and theft. Brabantio cares deeply of his daughter and who she is with.
The primary function of Emilia's speech of the "handkerchief plot" is to explain the prop's significance. This was the first gift Othello gave to Desdemona. The handkerchief is the strongest piece of evidence for the motifs value and theft. The theft of the handkerchief is the final act that makes everyone spiral out of control, making Iago's plan possible.
Iago is always using Roderigo and basically taking his money vecause even though Roderigo is paying him for everything he does, Iago is sneaky and does the opposite of what he says he is going to do. So in this quote we see how glutonous Iago is by taking money even though he is being given some.
In this quote, readers witness three motifs; wealth, value and theft. Iago claims that a good reputation is the most valuable thing people have. Money, however, is just trash with no meaning. This is a major contrast to Iago's earlier conversation in Act 2 Scene 3 lines 249-268 with Cassio. Iago convinces Cassio that reputation is not important. This is a characterization of how deceiving Iago is. He simply tells everyone what they want to hear to convince them that he is on their side.
In this quote Iago is telling Barbantio that Desdemona has been robbed from him. He is telling him that Othello is a theif and has taken her from him. By "black ram topping your white ewe" they sais that as a racist term.
Iago is talking to Othello about Cassio giving her handkerchief to Bianca, Iago is ranting about how Cassio doesn't really value Desdemona, but in reality he values her a lot but not in the way Iago is playing it out to be.
"O thou foul thief! Where hast thou stow'd my daughter?"
(1:2:62-63) Brabantio to Othello
"Follow thou thee wars; defeat thy favour with an usurped beard. I say, put money in thy purse. It cannot be that Desdemona should long continue her love to the Moor- put money in thy purse- nor he his to her."
(1:3:335-339) Iago to Roderigo
"Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
is the immediate jewel of their souls.
Who steals my purse, steals trash; 'tis something,
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands:
But he that fliches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him
And makes me poor indeed."
(3:3:156-162) Iago to Othello
"Sir y' are robb'd! for shame, put on your gown, your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul even now, now, very nowan old black ram is tupping your white ewe. Arise arise! Awake the snorting citizens with the bell, or else the devil will make a grandsire if you. Arise, I say!"
(1.1.86-92) Iago to Barbantio
Quote 5: Value & Theft
"Put money in thy purse"
(1.1.372) Iago to Roderigo
Quote 6: Theft
"Yours, by this hand. And to see how he prizes the foolish woman your wife! She gave it to him,
And he hath giv'n in his whore."
(4.1.175-177) Iago to Othello
Quote 7: Value
He calls me to a restitution large of gold and jewels that I bobb'd from him"
Quote 8: Value & Theft
In the beginning of the play, we learn that Roderigo has feelings for Desdemona, the root of his jealousy. The motif wealth, or money, is evident as Iago convinces Roderigo that he can win Desdemona over with money. Iago repeats the phrase "put money in thy purse" multiple times, indicating it's importance.
Iago is thinking to himself about how he stole from Roderigo to trick him into doing stuff for him so he needs to get rid of Roderigo so he doesn't have to pay him back and risk getting caught for stealing all those things
Value & Theft
Money, Value & Theft
"I am glad I have found this napkin:
This was her first remembrance from the Moor.
My wayward husband hath a hundred times
Woo'd me to steal it; but she so loves the token,
For he conjur'd her she should ever keep it,
That she reserves it evermore about her
To kiss and talk to. I'll have the work tane out
And give't Iago.
What he will do with it, heaven knows, not I:
I nothing but to please his fantasy."
Value & Theft
by William Shakespeare is about money, value and theft and reveals that the desire for someone else's success can destroy many lives.
Throughout Shakespeare's Othello, the recurring use of the handkerchief prop symbolizes the value and success in Othello and Desdemona's relationship and reveals the theft that occurs right before the readers' eyes.