Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Othello Act 4 Summary Response

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
  • Supporting ideas to prove main ideas
  • Explanation of ideas
Concluding sentence: restate main idea

Summary:  Act 4 of Othello, written by William Shakespeare, he exemplifies how jealousy can take over someone’s life. Roderigo in particular portrays this, as he followed his ‘true’ love Desdemona to Cyprus in the attempt of winning back her heart. He bestows upon her jewels to elevate his status with her. He does all of this because he allows himself to be manipulated by Iago’s false words. Shakespeare’s Othello represents how jealousy can exert tremendous power over someone and their actions.

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “                  .” ( 1 )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ....
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim
What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? Use the Rebuttal Progression
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea

Response: Act 4 of Othello, William Shakespeare correctly portrays the idea that jealousy can take over someone’s life through Roderigo’s efforts to win Desdemona’s heart. At the beginning of Othello, just after Desdemona professed her love for Othello, Roderigo was so distraught that he confessed to thinking suicidal thoughts. However, Iago convinces Roderigo to follow Desdemona to Cyprus, and to woo her back as she inevitably falls out of love with Othello. When Roderigo is about to give up again, Iago convinces him to stay just a little longer. Roderigo’s heart, filled with jealousy of Othello and Desdemona’s love, believes him and stays longer. Finally, Roderigo is done with Iago telling him to stay, and tries to leave, and to tell Desdemona his true intentions with giving her jewels. Roderigo argues with Iago, complaining, “Every day thou daffest me with some device, Iago; and rather, as it seems to me now, keepest from me all conveniency than suppliest me with the least advantage of hope. I will indeed no longer endure it, nor am I yet persuaded to put up in peace what already I have foolishly suffered,” (Shakespeare, 4.3.175-180). Roderigo is telling Iago that he has waited and waited for Desdemona to show some inkling of love for him, such as what Iago is telling him is happening, but it hasn’t happened. Roderigo has been giving Desdemona all of his jewels and money in an attempt to woo her. Roderigo has let jealousy consume him and his actions. He, out of the blue, packed up and went to Cyprus, spent all of his money and gave all of his precious jewels away. However, Roderigo displays to the reader that jealousy doesn’t engross all of his thoughts and actions. When talking to Iago about his journey of trying to woo Desdemona, he tries to back out of the plot, and to return home to venice after getting his jewels back from Desdemona and explaining his actions to her. Roderigo explains that his efforts have yielded far too little results to warrant his continued living in Cyprus, saying, “'Faith, I have heard too much, for your words and performances are no kin together....I have wasted myself out of my means,” (Shakespeare, 4.3.183,185-186). Roderigo is saying that he has listened to too many of Iago’s lies, and that he won’t partake in it anymore. He explains that he has wasted too much time and money for his liking. Roderigo isn’t letting his jealousy of Othello to override himself, and is deciding to just go back to Venice and cut his losses. At first glance, Roderigo seems to have finally shaken the power of jealousy from his life. He seems committed to leaving Desdemona and Othello alone, and returning to Venice to reclaim his old life. One cannot deny that Roderigo certainly has the intention of ridding himself of his jealousy, and indeed tries to give up on his path of trying to woo Desdemona. While this view does seem plausible at first, one must take a closer look into the situation. Iago is also talking Roderigo into doing more drastic things to “reclaim” Desdemona, using Roderigo's jealousy of Othello to further his own agenda. Even if Roderigo is trying to get out of Iago’s plot, Iago keeps talking Roderigo deeper and deeper into the plan. Shakespeare’s Othello correctly conveys how jealousy can have an intimate and absolute control over one’s life and actions.

1 comment:

  1. Summary: t; main ideas explained and supported- attribute ideas back to author (how does your explanation fit with the main idea); proofread

    Response: watch verbs- you are using many weak verbs throughout; watch amount of set-up- need to get to the point; rebuttal: follow progression- good start, but look at how much connects to claim- need more in depth analysis of claim idea;