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Othello Act 4 Scene 2

plot, theme analysis, character analysis, literary devices, important quotes, structure analysis

Anestasia Raposo

on 15 November 2016

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Transcript of Othello Act 4 Scene 2

Theme Analysis
Character Analysis
Literary Devices Used
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Plot Summary
Falling action
Structural Analysis
OTHELLO: Act 4, Scene 2
Allusion Vs Reality
The Enemy is Beneath
“Fie, there is no such man; it is impossible/” (4.2.33).
“She says enough; yet she’s a simple bawd / That cannot say as much. This is a subtle whore, / A closet lock and key of villainous secrets; / And yet she’ll kneel and pray” (4.2.19-22).
This theme is present in this scene when we see Emilia defending Desdemona for what Othello is blaming her for – being a whore. She even says to the enemy himself “I will be hang’d if some eternal villain, / Some busy and insinuating rogue, / Some cogging, cozening slave, to get some office, / Have not devis’d this slander; I’ll be hang’d else. /” (4.2.129-132). Emilia has such terrible things to say to the person who has come up with the lie about Desdemona, but she doesn’t realize he’s right in front of her and even more so, he is her husband.
Emilia is presented as understanding; she and Desdemona have a bond especially when it comes to the trouble of their husbands. Emilia constantly defends Desdemona when she is accused to be a whore. When Iago is trying to comfort her and tell her not to cry, Emilia argues “Hath she forsook so many noble matches, / Her father, and her country, and her friends, / To be call’d whore? Would it not make one weep? /” (4.2.124-126).
Roderigo is incredibly gullible throughout the entire play, it is clear that he would do anything to finally have Desdemona’s love. Constantly Roderigo is smooth-talked by Iago; every doubt Roderigo has Iago always has a comeback that is able to convince Roderigo to do what Iago wants.

In this scene Roderigo approaches Iago and tells him that he knows that he has been treating him very unfairly, and that he wants the jewels from Desdemona back, but it is too late because Iago has sold them, because of this even a little bit of smooth talk from Iago is needed and surely enough Rodergio has his back again, he simply says “I will hear further reason for this” (4.2.240).
This quote is Iago’s response to Emilia after she describes what kind of horrible person would make up a lie like this. It is significant because with Iago’s response we see how he manipulates even his own wife; it shows how serious he is about getting his revenge and how he will not allow anything to get in the way. He will continue to deceive them all until he gets his way and he has no problem with doing so.
In scene i, Iago's questioning about the handkerchief has driven Othello mad to the point where he doubts Desdemona . In this scene, Othello interrogates Emilia about Desdemona's interactions with Cassio but thinks Emilia is lying to protect Desdemona when she says that she has never seen anything suspicious between them. Othello accuses Desdemona of being unfaithful but does not believe her when she denies these accusations. Roderigo realizes that Iago has been lying to him because Desdemona has not noticed him. Yet again, Iago convinces him that the plan will work soon and together they plan to kill Cassio.
Dramatic Irony:
some cogging,cozening slave, to get some office, have not divis'd this slander; I'll be hang'd else.
Fie, there is no such man; it is impossible (4.2.131-133)
Emilia is mad that someone made up lies about Desdemona and she is talking about this horrible person Iago responds with it is impossible to be such a terrible person.

and the moon winks (4.2.76)
The moon is an inanimate object and therefore cannot wink

This theme is present in this scene as Othello has completely lost sight of reality due to the impression Iago's words of Desdemona have left on him. He is entirely convinced [by Iago] that she Desdemona has been unfaithful and denies any proof that shows otherwise.
"Come, swear it; damn thyself; / Lest, being like one of heaven, the devils themselves / Should fear to seize thee. Therefore be double-damn'd: / Swear thou art honest (4.2.34-37)
This is Othello’s thoughts after Emilia denies any improper interactions between Cassio and Desdemona, which according to Emilia have never happened. Othello’s words show how his character has evolved, he is no longer a loving husband towards Desdemona. Despite Emilia’s answers, he thinks that they are lies to protect Desdemona. This is significant because it shows how Iago has manipulated Othello into changing his strong morals and feelings towards his wife.
Othello has become ignorant. When he interrogates Emilia of Desdemona’s interactions with Cassio and does not accept the answers she tells him about her faithfulness to him (4.2.1-3).
He has also become delusional because he truly believes that Desdemona has been unfaithful regardless of what Desdemona and Emilia tell him. This shows how Iago has successfully deceived him into thinking that any proof that shows Desdemona’s faithfulness to him is a lie.
"O no, he goes into Mauritania and wakes away with him / the fair Desdemona, unless his abode be lingered here /
by some accident; wherein none can be so determinate /
as the removing of Cassio"
This quote is said to Roderigo by Iago. Iago saw an opportunity where he himself does not need to kill Cassio. Instead he told a lie to Rodreigo saying that Othello would be going to Mauritania and bringing his wife with him. This upsetting Roderigo, Iago reminded him that the only thing stopping him from Desdemona is Cassio. Iago convinced Roderigo that if he kills Cassio, Desdemona will be his. This shows how thoughtful, dedicated and evil Iago is to ruin Othello's life. To make Othellos a living hell he is completely fine with ruining and talking other peoples lives. It also shows what will happen in the future of the play.
Desdemona is still pure and is full of love for Othello. In this scene she is confused and hurt not knowing where Othello got these accusations. When he first accuses her she denies and says "Your true and loyal wife" (4.2.34).
As he goes on he insults her by calling her a whore and a prostitute and then throws money at her. You can see her wearing out and is desperate for Othello to love her back, she asks Emilia to change her bed sheets for her wedding sheets. She is so desperate she asks for Iago's help.
Othello Act 4 Scene 2: JEOPARDY
How did Desdemona feel after
Othello accused her of cheating?
She was sad, shocked and desperate for Othello's love.
Name two characteristics that describes Iago
What did Othello throw on the ground?
What did Roderigo agree to do?
To kill Cassio
How did Emilia react when she heard about Othello and Desdemona's argument?
What was the Dramatic Irony?
Iago is at his epitome of evilness in this chapter - this can be shown when Desdemona fetches him and asks what is the matter with Othello when she says "eternal villain... Who is looking to get some office"(4.2.135-136).
Iago blatantly lies and blames the generals aggressiveness on his job. And acts to console Desdemona.
His real motifs are never really stated as to why he wants to harm Othello. We can see how Iago has perfected his double-faced facade, and his true goals are blurred by his desire to wreak havoc.
Sly, deceiving, evil
She was concerned and mad
Emilia is mad that someone made up lies about Desdemona and she is talking about this horrible person. Iago responds with it is impossible to be such a terrible person. When he is that person
- throughout the story, Iago uses Roderigo to carry out his plan. Taking his money and deceiving him, basically backstabbing him. \in the end when Iago hills him - he actually stabs him in the back.
Sentence repetition
- Desdemona uses this when arguing with Othello, because she is out of convincing ideas to get him to understand that she isn't unfaithful to him.
" wife, my lord. Your true and loyal wife."(4.2.34)
he feels the power to enforce his new found authority over Roderigo.
shes trying her best to reinforce her love.
The climax was when Othello and Iago fall to their knees and decided that they were going to kill Cassio.

We believe that this scene is a part of the falling action, because the climax is the last surprise of the play, and the turning point. After that we have an idea of the events that will follow. In this scene Desdemona is confronted about being a whore and the more she denies it the more Othello thinks it is true.
Rhetorical Question
- a question that doesn't expect an answer, but is usually followed by an answer.
" what place, what time, what form, what likelihood?"(4.2.138)
shes beginning to understand that some things are no adding up.
"why, by making him incapable of othello's place - knocking out his brains"(4.2.226-227)

"A beggar in his drink / Could not have laid such terms upon his callet /" (4.2.119-120).
Emilia compares Othello's behaviour to a drunk man. And says that his behaviour is worse than one.
Bonus: what is Desdemona's cousins name?
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