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Othello - Act 5 Scene 2

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Kathy Xiao

on 16 December 2014

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Transcript of Othello - Act 5 Scene 2

Significance of Scene
Dramatic Techniques
Emilia arriving to tell Othello that there has been a murder. She does not know that Othello has also committed murder.
The audience knowing that Desdemona is going to be murdered by Othello, without her fully knowing.
Symbolism, Imagery, and Motifs
The handkerchief
: a symbol of Desdemona and Othello's love. It symbolizes marital fidelity, since losing the handkerchief will supposedly make the husband unfaithful to his wife.
The bed/wedding sheets:
Symbolic of a virgin's chastity. Stained bed sheets = Virgin's blood and virgin innocence.
The willow song:
Represents heartbreak and women being left behind by their lovers
The final scene of Othello
Wraps up the play's events well
The scene where Iago’s plan fully comes to fruition and Othello’s jealousy reaches a point beyond saving
By writing this scene right after Act 5 Scene 1 (the beginning of Iago's final plan), Shakespeare keeps the reader on the edge of their seat
The reader is anticipating if the rest of Iago’s plan will work
How the Scene Fits Into The Play
Literary Analysis
Othello - Act 5 Scene 2
By: Giulia, Kathy, Jessica, and Sarina
Goes from being an unnoticeable character to being a character that leaves a strong impression
Earlier in the play, she is obedient to her husband
However, in this scene, she betrays her husband and stands up for her morals and values
The beginning of the scene is very somber
Othello knows he’s going to kill Desdemona, just as Desdemona knows he’s going to kill her
Chaos ensues when Emilia reveals Iago’s deception.
She pours out her anger and frustration, which is what the reader is also feeling
Iago’s plans are finally revealed and the reader feels victorious
But this moment is spoiled by the deaths of Emilia and Othello
The scene returns to melancholy and the play ends.
Rhetorical and Literary Devices
the phrase “my husband” when Othello tells her it was Iago who told him that Desdemona is cheating.
Emphasizes Emilia’s disbelief and her knowledge that Iago cannot be trusted
She also
the word “lie”. To her, lies are sinful. This lie caused the death of her mistress which is why she is so especially mad at him.
In his soliloquy, Othello
several phrases, including "it is the cause", "put out the light", and "one more." This shows that Othello does not want to kill Desdemona, and it almost seems like he is trying to convince himself to kill her. However, he believes that it is truly the right thing to do.
Thank You For Listening
Desdemona dying twice
Emilia dying twice
Othello having a knife to kill himself with
A society that is knowledgeable about Greek mythology (Othello alludes to Prometheus in his soliloquy in the beginning of the scene)
A racist society
Scene Strengths:
Leaves a powerful impression
Act Summary:
Desdemona is awakened when Othello enters her room
Othello accuses Desdemona of giving the handkerchief to Cassio
Othello strangles Desdemona
When Emilia, Iago, Montano, and Gratiano enter, Emilia accuses Iago of deception and reveals the truth about the handkerchief
Iago stabs Emilia and flees, but is caught by Montano and Gratiano
Othello kills himself
Iago is taken away to be punished, and Cassio becomes the governor of Cyprus
Is someone who believes in honor killings
Felt regret when he killed Desdemona
Compared to the beginning of the play, Othello is discontent with himself
Now views himself as an outsider
Sometimes people will do anything for the people they love.
Those with their judgement clouded cannot tell between what is right and wrong.
Self-fulfillment can come in many different ways.
How do you think Othello got the knife? Did Cassio give it to him or was it a mistake by Shakespeare? If you think Cassio gave Othello the knife, then why would Cassio give his friend a weapon to kill himself with? Do you think that Cassio didn't know Othello's intentions with the knife?
Do you think that Iago is not only manipulating the characters, but is also manipulating the readers/audience?
Do you sympathize with Othello?
She's already accepted that whatever Othello decides, she will be the obedient wife
From being an outspoken female character, she's become what Emilia was at the beginning of the play
Dramatic Irony:
Othello's soliloquy reveals his inner thoughts, and how he feels about killing Desdemona.
Why do you think Roderigo had letters explaining Iago’s plan? Do you think he wrote them because he knew Iago was going to betray him and kill him?
What do you think Iago’s true motivation is?
The knife
is passed around and is used to kill the characters one by one. This is similar to the way jealousy directly or indirectly affected almost every character in the story.

The reader wants to know about Iago's motives
to Prometheus (5.2.12), a man in Greek mythology, the one who brought fire to the humans
Views on Women
A patriarchal society that is very concerned with a woman's "chastity"
They don't trust women
They are promiscuous
Lodovico's descriptions of Othello and Iago portray them as a hero and villain respectively. Othello was merely deceived while Iago was the devil in disguise.
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