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Othello Quotes

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Emily Zheng

on 1 June 2015

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Transcript of Othello Quotes

Thesis:
Although Othello is a respected general and is at the top of the Venetian social system, his low self esteem and confidence due to his race ultimately leads to his demise. "Virtue? A fig! 'Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners." I.iii.344-346 Argument:
One is only what one appears to be, the role one is able to impersonate successfully. Argument:
Othello's insecurities ultimately cause his downfall “Not to affect many proposed matches/Of her own clime, complexion, and degree,/ Whereto we see in all things nature tends—/ Foh! One may smell in such a will most rank, / Foul disproportions, thoughts unnatural./ But—pardon me—I do not in position/ Distinctly speak of her, though I may fear/ Her will, recoiling to her better judgment,/ May fall to match you with her country forms,/ And happily repent.” III.iii.262-271 Argument: Othello adapts and is respected in Venetian society despite being an outsider. However, he is not fully accepted. “gross clasps of a lascivious Moor” I.i.140
“your son-in-law is far more fair than black” I.i.315 Argument:
Venetian society considers Othello’s and Desdemona’s relationship to be socially unacceptable, and Shakespeare demonstrates society's horrors through the use of animal metaphors. “an old black ram is tupping your white ewe” I.i.94-95

“You’ll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse. You’ll have your nephews neigh to you. You’ll have coursers for cousins and gennets for germans.” I.i.123-125 Argument:
Reputation and social status play important roles in Othello “Reputation. reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago, my reputation.” II.iii.269-272 Works Cited

Shakespeare, William. Othello. N.p.: FirstPocket, 1957. Print.

Bell, Millicent. "Shakespeare's Moor." Raritan (2002): 1-12. Print.
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