(Iago, Act 1 Scene 3) If after every tempest come such calms, May the winds blow till they have wakened death! Othello believes Iago speaks of Michael Cassio of not being what he seems. Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. When devils are about to commit their biggest sins they put on their most heavenly faces just like I’m doing now pg 71, ‘I’ll pour this pestilence into his ear, —/ That she reveals him for her body’s lust;/ And by how much she strives to do him good, / She Shall undo her credit with the Moor. This is the night that will either make or break me. (Cassio, Act 2 Scene 3) Othello is so certain about what Iago has been telling him that he wants to poison her but Iago says t strangle her and Othello agrees. Quotes to show Iago's deceitful nature Ironically Iago is repeatedly described as honest - this shows that Iago is such a skilled manipulator: Cassio says that he "never knew a Florentine more kind and honest" Desdemona declares "O, that's an honest fellow" His suggestion is a subtle mutiny aimed at Roderigo. Advice Iago gives to Cassio to get back into othellos good books Which means go open your heart to her ask her to help you get back in your position she is so generous so kind and ready to help that she thinks it’s wrong not to do everything she can even more than she is asked to do. I can’t let that happen. And who’s to say I’m evil when my advice is so good ? The quote shows that from the moment the action begins, Iago is already looking for ways to bring about Othello’s downfall. I think Cassio really does love her, and it’s perfectly likely that she loves him too. He points out to Roderigo that men cannot follow leaders if they want to lead themselves. Feel free to share your favorite quotes from Othello in the comments section below. I have the feeling the moor slept with my wife. I hate the Moor and there’s a widespread rumour that he’s slept with my wife I’m not sure if it’s true but just the suspicion is enough for me. He’s got to beat up the weak to frighten the strong. ‘Casio’s a proper man: let me see now;’ Act 1 s 3’—How, how? ‘She that, so young, could give out such a seeming, / To deal her father’s eyes up close as oak, — /He thought ’twas witchcraft,’ Act 3 s 3. He wouldn’t sneak away looking so guilty when he saw you coming. Othello says this to Iago after starting to become suspicious about what might be happening between Desdemona and Cassio. Iago is very popular among the characters in the play. Means he’s a good soldier good enough to be Caesar’s right-hand man. In the play Othello is constantly under attack due to his ethnic origins. She lied to her father to marry you and when she pretended to be afraid of you she loved you the most. Means she’s full of good intentions and the moor loves her so much he would renounce his Christianity to keep her happy. Even good people think horrible things sometimes. Iago exploits everyone’s weaknesses and in turn this reveals his own weakness, greed. ]’ Act 5 s 1 As he knows what’s going on in the dark, ‘O notable strumpet!’ Act 5 s 1 And says ‘I do suspect this trash’ to be apart of the trouble in the dark so he’s blaming bianca, ‘This is the night/ That either makes me or fordoes me quite.’ Act 5 s 1 pg 173, It’s foreshadowing and it’s the last line at that scene . ‘She is sport for Jove.’ Act 2 scene 3Meaning she’s beautiful enough to be jove’s lover. That is, he knows that saying the word “jealousy” and conjuring an offensive visual image will intensify Othello’s concern. Thus credulous fools are caught ; / And many worthy and chaste dames even thus, / All guiltless, meet reproach.’ Act 4 s 1 pg 123, Keep working Poison this is the way to trick gullible fools many good and innocent woman are punished for reasons like this, ‘It is a creature / That dotes on Cassio, — as ’tis the strumpet’s plague / To beguile many and be beguil’d by one’ Act 4 s 1 pg 126 means she’s crazy about Cassio that’s the whores curse to seduce man men but to be seduced by one, ‘Do it not with poison; strangle her in her bed, even the/ bed she hath contaminated.’ Act 4 s 1 pg 133, Poiso. I’ll say bad things about him to the moor . You’ve been punished for policy reason not because he dislikes you. Iago’s character is consumed with hatred and envy. Start studying Othello Act Two Quotes. Means I have a bad tendency to be suspicious of people and look too closely into what they’re doing I often imagine crimes that aren’t rlly there. And then for her/ To win the Moor, — were’t to renounce his baptism,/ All seals and symbols of redeemèd sin, — / His souls is so enfetter’d to her love/ That she may make, unmake, do what she list, / Even as her appetite shall play the god/ With his weak function.’ Act 2 scene 3. Is a woman’s method so strangle is more like silence, ‘I see there’s mettle in thee; and even from this / Instant do build on thee a better opinion than ever before./Give me thy hand, Roderigo. He knows that Roderigo lusts after Desdemona and is angry to learn that she is married Othello. Many things can happen. You women are all the same you’re as pretty as pictures when you’re out in public but in your own houses your as noisy as jangling bells in your own kitchens you act like wildcats you make yourselves sound like saints when you’re complaining g about something. He’s so enslaved by love that she can make him do whatever she wants. Designed by GonThemes. He thinks any man who seems honest is honest. Iago Quotes in Othello. His psychological poison has already had an impact on Othello. Pg 52. Iago himself proffers two reasons for wishing to injure Othello and Cassio. Ask her to help you heal the rift between her husband and you id bet my lucky stars your problem will be forgotten and your relationship will be stronger than ever, ‘Confess yourself freely to her, importuned her help to put you in your place/ again: she is of so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a dis-position/, she holds it a vice in her goodness not to do / more than she is requested: this broken joint between you/ and her husband entreat her to splinter; and, my fortunes/ against any lay worth naming, this crack of your love shall / grow stronger than it was before.’ Act 2 scene 3, ‘And What’s he, then, that says I play the villain? Depending on what we plant weeds or lettuce or one kind of herb rather than a variety the garden will either be barren and useless or rich and productive, ‘It is merely a lust of the blood and a permission of the will.’ Talking about love Act 1 s 3, Means you feel love because you feel lust and you have no willpower, ‘I hate the Moor: my / cause is hearted; thine hath no less reason.’ Act 1 s 3, I hate the moor and I’m devoted to my cause of hating him, ‘If thou canst cuckold him,/thou dost thyself a pleasure, me a sport. / But I’ll set down the pegs that make this music, / As honest as I am.’ Act 2 s 1, Oh you’re happy now but I’ll ruin your happiness for all my supposed honesty, ‘to inflame it and to give satiety / a fresh appetite, — loveliness in favour; sympathy in years, manners, and beauties; all which the Moor is defective in:’ Act 2 s 1 pg 49. Besides the moor May tell him about the lies I told him and that would be dangerous for me. Othello Quotes Iago's Greed. You want me to say what I’m thinking? ‘I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth/ Than it should do offence to Michael Cassio;’ Act 2 scene 3 Iago. If rod survives he’ll as for the gold and jewellery that I stole from him and said I gave to des. 58). Word Count: 591. This is all Igo to himself, [Re-enter Iago, with a light. ‘Forsooth, a great arithmetician, / One Michael Cassio, a Florentine, / A fellow almost damn’d in a fair wife;/ That never set a squadron in the field, / Nor the division of a battle knows / More than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric, / Wherein the toged consuls can propose/ As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practice, / Is all his soldiership.’ Act 1 scene 1 page 2, ‘But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve/ For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.’ – Act 1 scene 1, If my outward appearance started reflecting what I really felt, soon enough I’d be wearing my heart on my sleeve for birds to peck at. Iago’s Greed Throughout the play Othello, readers witness Iago’s betrayal that leads everyone to their downfall. At, well said, whisper! With as little a web as this I will ensnare as great a fly as Cassio – act 2 scene 1, Iago sees his chance for revenge in the enthusiastic behaviour and actions of C C is acting according to the etiquette of Venetian polite society yet Iago twists this into a more lascivious side to his actionsImagery of referring to his plan as a ‘web’ paints himself as a dangerous spider who plans to trap his prey in an invisible trap, O, you are well tuned now; But I’ll set down the pegs that make the music / As honest as I am – Act 2 scene 1 – Iago, Iago closely observes the intimacy and love between O and D promising to ruin the happiness Compares them to a piece of music which aptly describes their rhythm and harmony when in each other’s companyIago promises to “set down the pegs” effectively suggesting he will interfere and upset this harmony Ironic “as honest as I am” suggests he will be interning for his own purposes of revenge, I know, Iago / thy honesty and love doth mince this matter / making it light to Cassio. ‘I know my price, I am worth no worse a place:—’ Act 1 scene one means that he knows well that he deserved the position. Othello appoints Iago to be that officer, because "A man he is of honesty and trust" (1.3.284).A little later, Othello entrusts Iago with the responsibility of escorting Desdemona to Cyprus, and asks him to have Iago's wife be her companion. I love her too not simply out of lust but also to feed my revenge . He is declaring that everything he does is working towards his own ends, including his service to Othello. Iago knows that he has the trust of Othello and turns into someone … ‘she’s fram’d as fruitful/ As the free elements. ‘I hate the Moor; / And it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets/ He has done my office: I know not if’t be true;/ But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, / Will do as if for surety.’ acts 1 s 3 pg 35. I’ve got a good plan though I haven’t worked out the details yet. ‘O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; / It is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock/ The meat it feeds on: that cuckold lives in bliss/ Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger; / But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o’er/ Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!’ Act 3 s 3. But think of the unhappiness of a man who worships his wife, yet doubts her faithfulness. If they’re not honest they shouldn’t look like they are, ‘Though I am bound to every act of duty, /I am not bound to that all slaves are free to./ utter my thoughts? Now, whether he kill Cassio, / Or Cassio him, or each do kill the other, / Every way makes my gain: live Roderigo, / He calls me to a restitution large/ Of gold and jewels that I bobb’d from him, /As gifts to Desdemona;/It must not be: if Cassio do remain,/ He hath a daily beauty in his life/ That makes me ugly; and besides, the Moor / May unfold me to him; there stand I in much peril; / No, he must die.’ Act 5 s 1 pg 164 check out all my notes, Means I’ve rubbed this young pimple until he’s ready to pop and now he’s angry. Means beware of jealousy it is a green-eye monster that makes fun of the victims it devours. ‘you’re robb’d;’ Act 1 scene 1’you have lost half your soul;’ Act 1 scene 1 pg 5 ‘Even now, now, very now, an old black ram/ Is tupping your white ewe.’ Act 1 scene 1. ‘For my manhood, honesty, or wisdom, / To let you know my thoughts.’ Act 3 s 3. / the Moor already changes with my poison:/ Dangerous conceits are in their natures poisons, / Which at the first are scarce found to distaste, / But, with a little act upon the blood, / Burn like the mines of sulphur.’ Act 3 s 3, To a jealous man a meaningless little thing like this looks like absolute Proof this handkerchief May be useful to me the moors mind has already become infected with my poisonous suggestions ideas can be like poisons at first they hardly even taste bad but once they get into you Blood they’ll start burning like hot lava pg 97, ‘I should be wise; for honesty’s a fool, / And loses that it works for.’ Act 3 s 3 To Othello, I should always be wise honesty’s stupid it makes me lose my friends even when I’m trying to help them, On Othello means can he even get angry it’s hard to believe I’ve seen him stay calm when cannons were blowing his soldiers to bits, even killing his own brother without him batting an eyelid, ‘Can he be angry? If thou canst cuckold him, thou dost thyself a pleasure, me a sport. Of course, Iago issues this warning with a false earnestness. Othello Quotes ACT 3 SCENE 3 – TEMPTATION SCENE, Look to her , Moor, if thou hast eyes to see / she has deceived her father , and may thee – act 1 scene 3 – brabantio, Later used in the play by Iago as evidence of D infidelity, He takes her by the palm. ‘Tis here, But Yet confus’d:/ knavery’s plain face I’d never seen till us’d.’ Act 2 s 1, If that piece of Venetian trash roderigo can do what I need to carry out my plan, I’ll have power over Cassio. The best quotes from Othello by William Shakespeare - organized by theme, including book location and character - with an explanation to help you understand! - Poison is a metaphor for Iago's manipulation leading to Othello's downfall - Imagery - Iago clearly recognises the poison effect and controls it. I lack iniquity/ Sometimes to do me service.’ Act 1 scene 2, Means he’s killed men in battle but still believes it’s deeply wrong to murder someone and sometimes he wonders if he’s not cruel enough for this job, ‘he prated, / And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms/ Against your honor, / That, with the little godliness I have, / I did full hard forbear him.’ Act 1 scene 2, Means he kept chattering so foolishly talking about you in such insulting and despicable terms that it was hard for him to restrain himself. She’ll need to see someone with a handsome face someone close to age someone who looks and acts like her Othello isn’t any of those thing. At, well said, whisper! Othello – Iago quotes. (3.3.) Othello sickening pleasure in response to this command is the thrice repeated “good” – suggests he is taking pleasure in the thoughts of his revenge His madness is also demonstrated here with his reference to the murder being an act of justiceThis idea is laden with dramatic irony as the audience is fully aware that D and C are completely innocent The idea of justice is repeated as the play builds to its climax making the tragedy even more devastating for the audience, Divinity of hell / when devils will the blackest sins put on / they do suggest at first with heavenly shows -act 2 scene 3 – Iago, Demonstrates where his worship lies The phase is an oxymoron suggesting that he sees the divine in the work of the devil Uses contrasting images of the heaven and hell which demonstrates a self awareness of the evil he is perpetrating. ‘Though I perchance am vicious in my guess, / As, I confess, it is my nature’s plague/ To spy into abuses, and of my jealousy/ Shape faults that are not there’ Act 3 s 3. Means it wouldn’t be wise or responsible for me to tell you them. (Othello, Act 2 Scene 1) Reputation, reputation, reputation! ‘If this poor trash of Venice, whom I trash/ For his quick hunting, stand the putting on, / I’ll have our Michael Cassio on the hip;/ Abuse him to the Moor in the rank garb, —/ For I fear Cassio with my night-cap too;—/ Make the Moor thank me, love me, and reward me/ For making him egregiously an ass/ And practicing upon his peace and quiet/ Even to madness. Othello now starts to talk like Iago. The villain Iago from "Othello" is a central character, and understanding him is key to understanding Shakespeare's entire play. Who is so pure they never think a bad thought? ‘That he would steal away so guilty-like, / Seeing you coming.’ Act 3 scene 3. B is an important man in this city almost as powerful as the duke himself. He becomes the victim of a relatively honest white character, Iago in the play. 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