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Transcript of Othello Presentation
In groups of 4 or 5 students, choose 2 scenes (or moments of action) that you believe are important to the downfall of so many characters.
You will be marked on how well you explain your chosen scenes AND how you connect each scene to the ending.
Presentations are oral and limited to 10 minutes.
This assignment is SUMMATIVE
Act 4 Scene 1 Lines 50-156
These lines are in the middle of a conversation between Othello and Iago; Iago continues to play mind games with Othello. As usual, Othello forces his mind to believe in false things, imagining Desdemona and Cassio in bed together. Iago now brings up the lost handkerchief, lying that Cassio and Desdemona have slept together. Othello falls into a trance hearing this. Cassio enters the room while Othello is hiding so that Othello can hear their conversation while Iago questions Cassio about Desdemona. Iago very cleverly asks Cassio about Bianca without bringing up Desdemona or Bianca’s name. Cassio, unaware that he is being heard, makes jokes about her being desperate, and states she wishes to marry him. Othello, now outraged, thinks Cassio is making light of his wife. Iago underhandedly has given a shadow of proof to Othello. Bianca enters with Othello's hankerchief, angered that Cassio would give her a love token she believes he received from another woman. Othello becomes completely convinced that his wife is in fact a whore. Othello is furious about what he has just witnessed, and begins to plot revenge.
OTHELLO: Scene Importance and Analysis - What Happened?
Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 8-40
This scene begins with a conversation between Roderigo and Iago. Roderigo is furious and upset that Iago has not helped him win over his love, Desdemona; now she has married Othello. We can see from this scene that Roderigo is a pathetic and jealous character, needing to rely on Iago to woo Desdemona for him instead of doing so on his own. Iago admits he never suspected the two would marry, and he reveals his true feelings of hatred towards Othello. He states that noblemen have suggested that he be the lieutenant, as he was the most worthy of the position. However, Othello awarded the position to Cassio - whom Iago views to be inexperienced and inept. Iago's rage is clearly shown through the tone of his lines and the interrogating diction Shakespeare uses. Iago also avoids calling Othello by his name, instead using derogatory and racist comments such as "the thick lips" and "a Barbary horse". Iago has no respect for Othello other than using him to proceed with his revenge: "[he] follow[s] him to serve [his] turn upon him".
Act 1 Scene 1
Act 4 Scene 1
Connection to the ending
This scene is critical in explaining Iago's actions throughout the play. The reason for his hate towards Othello and why he decides to plot revenge in the first place is due to this scene. Othello's death, and most of all his anguish when discovering he has murdered his pure and honest wife is the greatest revenge Iago could possibly imagine. We see the depth of his anger during this scene, convincing readers why to him it is justifiable to kill for these reasons. Also, In this scene we are revealed the emotions of Roderigo, making sense of his rash actions at the conclusion of the play - trusting Iago and letting him play "puppet master". This in turn gives Iago the manipulative power to get Roderigo to answer to his wills, and inevitably lead to Roderigo's demise.
Connection to the ending
This scene is the point at which Othello most strongly reveals that he has fully succumbed to the deceitful lies Iago has engrained into his mind. It is within these interactions that Iago is finally able to provide sufficient evidence in order for his scheme to fall into place. At last, Othello sees the handkerchief and is convinced of Desdemona's infidelity; he ensures that she will receive the death she 'deserves'.