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Othello: Act 5, Scene 1
Transcript of Othello: Act 5, Scene 1
The setting of Act 5, Scene 1 takes place in Cyprus in the late sixteenth century. Where Othello is the Nobel moor, along with his lieutenant Cassio, and his messenger Iago. Cyprus is a holy island according to the goddess of love, Venus. It is also known as the island of love, which is ironic that in this sacred island a serious crime associated with cheating and mistrust has taken place and escalated rapidly.
Iago explains his devious plot (again, to us, not to Roderigo) in the cover of the shadows: If Roderigo lives, he'll demand all the jewels and gifts he gave to Iago, intended for Desdemona. (Of course, these were never delivered.) If Cassio lives, his goodness will only remind everyone that, by contrast, Iago is really evil. Also, Cassio is the only one (besides Desdemona) who has the power to clear up what's really going on to Othello. In short, Iago will be glad if either or both men die (meaning Roderigo and/or Cassio).
Roderigo is easily persuaded and trustful of Iago. In this scene, Roderigo attacks Cassio after being told to by Iago. This shows how foolish he is by doing whatever someone asks him to do.
A relative of Barbantio was accompanies Lodovivo from Venice to Cyprus.
In this scene, Bianca is very worried about Cassio because he was just attacked.
Emilia is confused and does not know what happened to Cassio. She also doesnt know whats going on.
The moods change throughout this play but the ones that are relative to this scene are:
Anger, Suspicion, Frustration, and Empathy.
The reason anger comes in place is because Othello is mad at Desdemona, thinking that she has cheated on him but is being fooled by Iago. Suspicion is probably one of the biggest moods of the play and the scene because Othello does not know who to trust making him suspicious about his close trusted partners, such as Cassio. Frustration and Empathy fall in place as well because Desdemona knows she is innocent but, her husband Othello is too convicted to believe his wife, therefore frustration arises. Empathy plays a role because his wife supports his husbands actions, even though they might not be the best choices.
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Iago and Roderigo wait in a darkened street for Cassio to come. Iago has given Roderigo a sword. He tries to slip off in the darkness, so as to NOT help with the murder, and Roderigo asks him to stay near, in case he needs any help killing Cassio. Despite the plea, Iago gets away, and Roderigo is left mostly alone and noting to himself that he doesn't really have any ill will towards Cassio. Still, Iago's made a convincing enough argument that the man must die.
THEMES: Hatred, and Jealousy
The scene shows how jealousy can lead a person to do things which could hurt another person. It’s interesting how Iago uses jealousy against Othello, yet jealousy is likely one of the reasons of Iago's hatred in the first place. Jealousy takes many forms in Othello like sexual suspicion to professional competition. In all cases it is destructive.
In Othello, the hatred Iago has against Othello is immense. At this point he will do anything and everything to destroy Othello in every way. The reasons for such hatred are that Othello did not promote him and that he thinks he has slept with his wife Emilia.
Act 5 scene i is one of the most significant scenes in the play. It’s the establishment of the climax and where the action starts. The play was well developed till act 5, with progressively increasing suspense and solemnity. This scene fits perfectly in the timeline of the play, it’s where Iago’s foul and sinful plan is being executed. This is the second last scene of the play so I believe that it was essential for Shakespeare to write it at this particular part of the story to tie loose ends and give the reader a satisfactory closure to the end of the story.
The fight between Roderigo, and Cassio.
preparing for Cassio's murder
He is one of Brabantio’s many cousins who deliver’s letters from Venice to Cyprus. He is present on the island when the tragedy unfolds.
Iago is persuasive and can easily manipulate people. In this scene it shows how Roderigo does everything he says especially when he tells him to kill Cassio. This shows that Iago will stop at nothing until he is successful.
In this scene, Cassio gets injured by Iago when attacked by Roderigo. Cassio does not know that Iago was the one that hurt him.
Othello still has no idea that Iago has been lying to him, and continues to accuse Desdemona. He is one of the characters that has no idea what is going around him.
Cassio getting stabbed
Othello thinking about
iagos actions, and appreciating
his will for helping him.
Why Didn't Iago kill Cassio?
Why does Roderigo go this far with Iago's plan, that he would murder a lieutenant, is he that desperate?
What makes Cassio earn the rank of lieutinant over Iago?
Iago earns othellos trust
Iagos plan to earn his position
that he desprately desires.
Othello declares himself the "one who loved not wisely, but too well," and then sums up the bulk of the play. In his final statement, Othello pulls out a hidden weapon and stabs himself, declaring himself a circumcised dog. He has accomplished an evil thing, but by killing himself, had conquered the villain (himself) and therefore Othello becomes the hero of his own story. Othello kisses Desdemona’s dead lips and then dies himself, a murderer, martyr, and lover to the end.
• Lodovico tells Iago to look at his work: three innocent people lying next to each other, all destroyed by his scheming. Still, Iago keeps his mouth shut, and is commited to his promise and that is to stay silent. Gratiano is to inherit all of Othello’s worldly goods, and Montano is charged with punishing the wicked Iago. Sadly, Lodovico decides that all he can do is go back to Venice to share this tragic tale.
"Tis he. Oh, brave Iago, honest and just," v,i,32 Irony
"Strumpet, I come. For, of my heart, those charms, thine eyes, are blotted." v,i,35 Oxymoron
"Iago? Oh, I am spoiled, undone by villains!
Give me some help." v,i,55 Irony
"O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!" v,i,64 Metaphor
"What, look you pale?" v,i,108 Rhetorical question