Othello

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  • Othello
    • Characters
      • Othello
        • "Her reputation, which was once as white as Dian's visage, is now as black as mine own face"
        • "Yet she must die, else she'll betray more men"
        • "She loved me for the dangers I had passed, and I loved her that she did pity them"
        • "I, like the base Indian, threw a pearl away"
        • "Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate. Nor set down aught in malice"
      • Iago
        • "The Moor and your daughter are making the beast with two backs"
        • "I hate the Moor...that 'twixt my sheets has done my office"
        • "Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners"
        • "Even now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe"
        • "Beware, my lord, jealousy is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on"
      • Desdemona
        • "My noble father, I do believe here a divided duty"
      • Emilia
        • "I nothing but to please his fantasy"
        • "We are all but stomachs, and they are all but food"
        • "The ills we do, their ills instruct us so"
      • Cassio
        • "Reputation! Reputation! Reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself"
    • Context
      • Renaissance  and Racism
        • Moors were seen to be 'dark' and 'treacherous' because of their skin colour
        • "That thou hast...abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals"
      • Genre
        • Aristotelian tragedy: there is hamartia, agnorisis and catharsis
      • Setting
        • Venice was a misogynist society, as well as racist
        • Coutezans in Venice operated legally: it was even taxed although women were still oppressed
    • Themes
      • Love
        • "The world hath not a sweeter creature"
        • "Sweet Desdemona"
        • "My heart's subdued"
        • "I am bound to thee for ever"
      • Jealousy
        • "Be sure of it: give me the ocular proof"
        • "I'll see before I doubt"
        • "It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock"
        • "Heaven keep the monster from Othello's mind!"
      • Racism
        • "Old black ram is tupping your white ewe'"
        • "Thick lips"
        • "The Moor"
      • Hatred
        • "It is a common thing - to have a foolish wife"
        • "I will chop her into messes"
        • "Why did I marry?"
    • Love through the ages
      • Courtly Love
        • Desdemona is of a much higher class than Othello
      • Tragic Love
        • Othello's hamartia and Iago's manipulation of it
        • Means that 'Othello' turns into a tragedy, as his true love for Desdemona will never be realised
      • Sexual Love
        • Iago makes explicit sexual references to Desdemona and Othello's relationship, to make Othello seem predatory
        • "Your daughter is covered with a Barbary horse"

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