Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Othello Act 5 S/R Outline

Summary Response Outline
By:Mikaila Kuhl

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
    • Act 5 of Othello written by Shakespeare, displays how a quest for revenge can end by backfiring on the revenge seeking man.
  • Supporting ideas to prove main ideas and Explanation
    • Near the end of Iago’s struggling plan, he takes desperate measures and kills not only Roderigo, but also his wife, Emilia, who was proving him as a liar and a murderer. This occurred after Othello followed through with his plan to smother Desdemona and then discovered the mistake he had made. In the end Iago was embarrassed, proven guilty, and locked away to be tortured for his crimes.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
    • Clearly, Iago’s plan to to get revenge on Cassio in Shakespeare’s Othello, ended by his carefully devised plan.

  • 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 5 of Othello written by Shakespeare, accurately  displays how revenge can backfire in certain situations because if a plan doesn’t succeed, it can end in turmoil.
    • Set-up
      • At this point in Iago’s elaborate plan to get his revenge on Cassio, he gets to the point where he results to murder to get his revenge. He kills Roderigo and injures Cassio.  Meanwhile, Othello is following out his plan and strangles Desdemona.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
      • Emilia discovered Othello killed her mistress and was accusing Iago, ‘“But did you ever tell him she was false?”’ ‘“I did.”’ ‘“You told a lie, an odious, damned lie...And your reports have set the murder on”’ (Shakespeare 5.2.214-223).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
      • After Emilia discovered Desdemona’s death, and the reason behind it, she questioned her husband, Iago, on if he truly did lie and tell Othello that Desdemona was false. Iago confesses to lying about Desdemona and is proven guilty of being the cause of the murders. Iago failed and long, elaborate quest for revenge backfired.
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ....
    • Set-up
      • However, it seems as though Iago’s plan doesn’t backfire completely. As a reader, the first thought that might come to mind when Iago is caught is that he should just be killed. But, instead of being killed, he gets “mercy” in a way.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
      • Iago was to be punished, said by Lodovico to Cassio, “Remains the censure of this hellish villain. The time, the place, the torture, O, enforce it” (Shakespeare 5.2.431-432).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim
      • Iago was accused of killing, lying, and manipulating to get his revenge and was said to be tortured and imprisoned for his crimes. But, this is not a full backfire. Being someone that reads the book, it seems as though to have Iago’s plan fully backfire he needs to die and “get what he deserves” but he doesn’t. He just gets imprisoned.
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument?
    • At first glance as a reader it would seems that Iago’s plan didn’t backfire. Yes, he got arrested and tortured but that just didn’t seem enough. It is easy to see how one would confuse this with what happened but it is more complicated than that. Not only did Iago get locked away and tortured, but he was also proven guilty in front of everyone. He admitted to lying and even murdered his own wife in the other characters  presence. Exclaimed by Lodovico, “Now here’s another discontented paper Found in his pocket, too; and this it seems Roderigo meant t’ have sent the damned villain, But that, belike, Iago in the interim” (Shakespeare 5.2.370-373). Roderigo died and Lodovico found a couple letters inside Roderigo’s coat. One of them states that he was sent Iago to kill Cassio. “damned villain” is referring to Iago and his murders. Iago wasn’t only proven false by his own wife, but also by Lodovico and Othello, which proves that his plot for revenge did backfire. Also, him being proven false was an embarrassment to him which also is a sign of the plan backfiring.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
    • Othello, written by Shakespeare, correctly portrays revenge backfiring.