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Othello Key Quotes
ACT 1 SCENE 1:

Two characters engaged in dispute, sets the scene for conflict to unfold. Iago is a cynical malcontent;
despises "honest knaves" who are subservient, live to serve others. Admires men who exploit their
masters, appear trustworthy but aren't. Iago loves arousing trouble and uses…

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ACT 1 SCENE 3:

Council chamber, meeting to discuss military options, seems clear the Turks intend to attack the
island, Duke tells Othello to prepare for war. Meeting becomes trial of Othello, Brabantio insists he
bewitched his daughter, Othello offers his version of their courtship. Desdemona's polite but firm
insistence…

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ACT 2 SCENE 1

Scene moves to Cyprus, Montano's concern for Othello indicates his respect for him and reinforces
our esteem for the Moor. The storm is a device by which Shakespeare can dispose of the Turkish
threat so focus on Othello and Iago ­ Turkish fleet destroyed by the…

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"You advise me well" - Cassio

"out of her own goodness make the net/That shall enmesh them all" ­ Iago

"Pleasure and action make the hours seem short" ­ Iago

ACT 3 SCENE 1:

Iago says to Cassio he will help him by diverting Othello's attention so Cassio can speak…

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"Chaos is come again" ­ Othello, jumping to conclusions with no proof

"O beware, my Lord, of jealousy:/It is a green-eyed monster which doth mock/The meat it feeds on"
­ Iago

"Look to your wife, observe her well with Cassio" ­ Iago

"I humbly do beseech you of your pardon/…

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"Something...Hath puddled his clear spirit" ­ Emilia

"This is some token from a newer friend" ­ Bianca

"leave me for this time" ­ Cassio

"think it no addition, nor my wish / To have him see me womaned" ­ Cassio

ACT 4 SCENE 1:

Iago tortues Othello with questions and…

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and misreads what he sees. Othello tries to elicit an admission of guilt from Desdemona but she
courageously asserts her virtue. Othello describes his mental suffering, says "the fountain" of his life
has been polluted, and Desdemona is now to him a "weed". These images suggest how much under
Iago's…

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"O brave Iago, honest and just... Thou teachest me" ­ Othello

"O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!" ­ Roderigo

ACT 5 SCENE 2:

The the stillness of the opening of this final scene contrasts dramatically with the events/mood of the
previous scene. Othello's opening speech reveals he sees himself as…

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