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By William Shakespeare

In Othello, Shakespeare creates robust drama from a wedding among the unique Moor Othello and the Venetian girl Desdemona that starts with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and demise. Shakespeare builds many adjustments into his hero and heroine, together with race, age, and cultural historical past. but so much readers and audiences think the couple’s robust love could triumph over those alterations have been it now not for Iago, who units out to wreck Othello. Iago’s fake insinuations approximately Desdemona’s infidelity draw Othello into his schemes, and Desdemona is subjected to Othello’s frightening verbal and actual assaults.

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They that suggest virtuously and but do so,3 The satan their advantage tempts, they usually tempt heaven. 1 illicit, unsanctioned 2 with? in energetic opposition/resistance to? within the face/presence of ? in education for? three such things as this (“thus”) 139 act four • scene 1 Iago So4 they do not anything, ’tis a venial slip. five 10 but when I supply my spouse a handkerchief – Othello What then? Iago Why, then, ’tis hers, my lord, and being hers, She may well, i feel, bestow’t on any guy. Othello She is protectress of her honor too. 15 might she provide that? Iago Her honor is an essence6 that’s now not obvious: they've got it very oft that experience it no longer. 7 yet for the handkerchief – Othello by means of heaven, i'd so much gladly have forgot it. 20 Thou said’st – O, it comes o’er8 my reminiscence, As doth the raven o’er the infected9 apartment, Boding10 to all – he had my handkerchief. Iago Ay. What of that? Othello That’s no longer so sturdy now. eleven Iago What if I had acknowledged I had visible him do you mistaken? 25 Or heard him say – as knaves be such abroad,12 Who having, via their very own importunate13 swimsuit, Or voluntary dotage14 of a few mistress, confident or supplied15 them, can't pick out four if five venial slip = forgivable/unimportant (1) error/fault, (2) evasion 6 aspect, substance, attribute 7 they typically have it via popularity, notwithstanding now not actually eight to, throughout nine tainted/contaminated with (1) disease/infected homes, (2) evil/diseased morality 10 portending, presaging eleven now that isn't so solid 12 at huge, in all places thirteen tricky, power 14 foolishness, infatuation, stupidity 15 confident or provided = firmly persuaded or fulfilled/satisfied one hundred forty act four • scene 1 yet they need to blab16 – Othello Hath he acknowledged whatever? Iago He hath, my lord, yet be you good guaranteed, 30 not more than he’ll unswear. Othello What hath he stated? Iago Why, that he did – i do know no longer what he did. Othello What? what? Iago Lie. Othello together with her? Iago together with her, on her, what you are going to. Othello Lie together with her? Lie on her? we are saying lie on her,17 whilst 35 they belie18 her. Lie along with her. That’s fulsome. 19 Handkerchief – confessions – handkerchief ! to admit, and be hanged for his hard work, first to be hanged, after which to admit. I tremble at it. Nature wouldn't invest20 herself in such shadowing21 ardour with out a few guideline. 22 it isn't phrases that shake forty me hence. – Pish – Noses, ears, and lips. Is’t attainable? Confess – handkerchief ! O satan! – Othello falls in a trance Iago paintings on. My drugs works. therefore credulous fools are stuck, and lots of invaluable. And chaste dames even therefore, forty five All guiltless, meet reproach. – What ho? my lord? My lord, I say. Othello! sixteen display indiscreetly, inform, chatter 17 say lie on her = accuse her of mendacity 18 they belie = her phrases contradict/give the mislead 19 rank, overgrown 20 dress, wrap, enclose 21 boding, prefiguring 22 info, wisdom 141 act four • scene 1 input Cassio How now, Cassio! Cassio What’s the problem? Iago My lord is fallen into an epilepsy, 50 this can be his moment healthy. He had one the day prior to this.

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