Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Othello Act 1 S/R REDO

Summary Response Outline
By: Rachel Kelley and Mikaila Kuhl


Summary:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
    • Act 1 in Othello written by William Shakespeare presents how jealousy can determine one’s decisions because it can lead to .
  • Supporting ideas to prove main ideas
    • In the starting scene Iago points out to Roderigo that Othello has “stolen” his love, Desdemona.
  • Explanation of ideas
    • Although Roderigo was jealous of Othello, Iago was jealous as well. Othello had chosen Cassio as his lieutenant instead of himself, which led him to develop a plan that used Roderigo to get revenge. Roderigo, eager to win Desdemona back, followed along with everything Iago told him.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
    • Clearly, Shakespeare illustrates how jealousy can rule one’s decisions.
  • Only third person
  • Supporting ideas
    • no quotes
  • facts; no opinions
  • Explain ideas
  • Concise
  • Attribute ideas back to author
  • No plot
  • In your own words


Response:
  • Make an argument
  • take a position (correctly or incorrectly portrays)

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
    • Act 1 in Othello written by William Shakespeare clearly demonstrates how jealousy can fuel one’s decisions because it can lead to “forced” actions.
    • Claim 1:
    • Set-up
      • In the opening of the publication, Iago expressed his displeasure in Cassio receiving the title of Othello’s lieutenant. Roderigo was experiencing a similar situation except he was jealous of Othello for winning Desdemona. Iago quickly took advantage of the situation in an attempt to get revenge on Othello through Roderigo and Desdemona’s father, Brabantio.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
      • Iago persuades Roderigo to tell Brabantio of Desdemona’s marriage to the Moor, “Call up her father. Rouse him. Make after him, poison his delight, Proclaim him in the streets...Plague him with flies...Here is her father’s house. I’ll call aloud,” (Shakespeare 1.1.74-81).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
      • Iago convinces Roderigo that he needs to get revenge in order to cure his jealousy towards Othello. In Roderigo’s jealousy, he became blind to Iago’s cunning deception, which allowed him to be manipulated easily.
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ....
    • Set-up
      • However, it seems as though Roderigo is not letting his jealousy fuel his decisions at every moment.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
      • After the Duke and Brabantio accepted that Desdemona was married to Othello, Roderigo, in turn, accepts that he has failed and exclaims, “‘What will I do, think’st thou?’ ‘Why, go to bed and sleep.’ ‘I will incontinently drown myself’” (Shakespeare 1.3.344-347).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim 2
      • At this moment, it is not jealousy ruling his decisions but it it sadness and a feeling of failure. Roderigo is depressed and sad because he finds that Desdemona is in love with Othello rather than himself and there is nothing he can do.
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument?(Rebuttal)
    • Many would argue that Roderigo is just in love and that love itself can rule one’s decisions. This position seems reasonable because when someone is in love they tend to do crazy things in order to gain love in return. In Othello, Brabantio states to Roderigo, “The worser welcome. I have charged thee not to haunt about my doors. In honest plainness thou hast heard me say My daughter is not for thee” (Shakespeare 1.1.107-109). Roderigo was basically being told that Desdemona would not love him. But it’s more complicated than that. Yes, Roderigo’s love drove him to want revenge, but his jealousy overpowered his love. He was convinced by Iago that Othello had done him a great wrong and that revenge was the optimum solution. In return for believing that he had to get revenge, Roderigo allowed himself to be “controlled” by Iago. The jealousy that he had blinded him  from anything that would prevent him from getting revenge.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
    • In Othello, Shakespeare‘s idea that jealousy can control one’s decisions is verified in Iago’s manipulation of Roderigo and Roderigo’s acceptance of Iago’s plan and that one can be “forced” to do something because of jealousy.

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