ACT 4 AND 5 OTHELLO QUESTIONS Flashcard Example #34211

After Iago lied and told Othello that Cassio confessed going to bed with Desdemona, what advice does he give the overwhelmed Othello?
to kill des and he will take care of cassio for him
What happens to Othello in Scene 1? How does Iago respond?
Othello gets into a big fit and Iago makes fun of him (also othello gets called back to venice)
How does Iago trick Othello into thinking Cassio is gloating and bragging about his affair with Desdemona?
Iago makes Cassio talk about Bianca so it looks like Cassio is talking about Desdemona
Why is Bianca angry with Cassio?
she thinks Cassio has been unfaithful
How does Bianca’s return with the handkerchief help Iago?
it shows that bianca has the handkerchief which she got from casino and since cassio had it, it looked like cassio got it from des since othello gave it to her
Why does Othello hit Desdemona?
Because she unknowingly says something that makes Othello believe that she is having an affair with Cassio
Who is Lodovico, and why has he come to Venice?
Lodovico is Desdemona’s cousin and is there to give Othello a letter
What is Lodovico’s reaction to Othello’s behavior towards Desdemona? How does Iago later explain Othello’s behavior to Lodovico?
Lodovico is very surprised that the noble Othello hit Desdemona. Iago explains to Lodovico that Othello’s behavior is actually much worse than that
Why does Othello ask Emilia about Cassio’s affair with Desdemona, and what is her reply?
He asks because Emilia is always with Desdemona and her reply is that Desdemona will never be unfaithful to Othello
How correctly does Othello identify his weakness in Scene 2?
Othello admits that jealousy is his weakness, but his real weakness is that he is too honost/trusting
To whom does Desdemona turn for help after Othello calls her a strumpet?
Iago
Why does Iago tell Rodriego to kill Cassio? Why does Roderigo consent to think about it?
Because Venice made cassio governor…Roderigo consents to think about it because he is desperate to get to Desdemona
If Roderigo kills Iago, what promise has Iago taken care of?
That Rodrigo can easily get to des
What does the discussion between Desdemona and Emilia tell us about their relationship? Given Scene 3, between Desdemona and Emilia, is it at all possible that Desdemona could ever be unfaithful to Othello?
Their exchanges reveal a girlish closeness. They are fond of each other. IDK ABOUT SECOND QUESTION
What is the effect of the “Willow Song” and the interruptions to it?
To show her paranoia; trying to talk herself out of a purpose to her singing the song since “Willow Song” was sung by her caretaker right before she died.
-Maid was singing this because her partner cheated on her

(The juxtaposition in the song)

“Who would not make her husband a cuckold, to make him a monarch?”
Who says this?
–Emilia
Context: When Emilia talks to Desdemona while they are making her (death) bed
When Emilia talks to Desdemoa about wether or not its ok to cheat on her husband
Translation: Who wouldn’t cheat on her husband to make her a king?
Fig Lang: Metaphor- cuckold
Situational irony: a eomen needs to be unfaithful in order to be faithful to her husband
“Heaven me such uses send,
Not to pick bad from bad, but by bad mend”
Who says this?
–Desdemona,
Context:
Desdemona is talking to Emilia as they prepare her bed
Translation: God help me to not learn from someone’s wrong doing but to help me make better decisions
Fig Lang: Personification-heaven/God sending
Apostrophe-asking God to send
Metaphor: picking up something “bad”
How would Iago gain from Roderigo’s death? Cassio’s?
he would get his job back if Cassio dies , and nothing could be traced back to them if Roderigo was dead
What happens when Roderigo attacks Cassio? Who actually wounds Cassio?
iago stabs cassio in the leg
What does Othello assume has happened? Is he correct?
iago has killed cassio to help him. No he is not correct
After Bianca appears, what new part of his plot does Iago begin in Scene 1?
playing inocent and helping cassio
Who will get the blame for the attack on Cassio if Iago has his way?
rogerigo
What justification does Othello try to give the murder of Desdemona in Scene 2?
she is a *****
How does Othello kill Desdemona? What interruption occurs while he is doing it?
strangles her, or
Whom does Desdemona blame for her death? Does Emilia believe her?
she blames herself and emilia knows its othello
How is Desdemona faithful to Othello to the end?
she wakes up and says that her death was her fault, so she doesn’t say it was othello’s fault
What happens when Iago tells his wife not to speak and to go home, orders that good Renaissance wives should follow without question?
she says no, and she refuses to go home
What is Emilia’s reaction when Othello tells her that Iago has revealed Desdemona’s affair with Cassio to him?
she realizes that des’s death is possibly her fault because of the handkerchief, and that othello is an idiot for believing iago.
What is Othello finally beginning to realize at 5. 2.244-249? What has happened to Desdemona’s father?
that it is his fault to let jealously take over him and for believing iago, des’s father dies
Why does Othello attack Iago?
Because Othello realizes that Iago was behind everything and planned against him. He figured out Iago’s plan. he does it for revenge
What is Othello’s reaction to having his sword taken away?
he has another one under his bed so it isn’t a big deal because he has another one
How does Othello use the second sword he finds in the room?
he kills himself with it
How do Roderigo’s pockets conveniently help to clarify much of what has happened?
he finds letters and one of them is to order cassio, which proves that iago has been messing with everyone and that iago was using rodrigo
What happens to Othello, Iago and Cassio in the end?
they all die
Who gets Othello’s estate? Why?
des’s uncle to make up for des’s death, and because she’s dead, her mother and father is dead, so it goes to her uncle
O balmy breath, that dost almost persuade
Justice to break her sword. One more, one more!
Be thus when thou art dead, and I will kill thee,
And love thee after. One more, and that’s the last!
So sweet was ne’er so fatal. I must weep,
But they are cruel tears. This sorrow’s heavenly;
It strikes where it doth love. She wakes.
Who says this?
–Othello, Act V, scene ii
CONTEXT.
Othello is whispering this to des when she sleeps
FIG. LANG
personification- kiss being fatal, deadly, breath being persuading, cruel tears, justice breaking her sword, sorrow striking
allusion- justice dealing out punishment
sorrow’s heavenly (oxymoron)

TRANSLATION
oh sweet breath that almost convinces
me to not kill you
one more one more kiss
if you are this beautiful when you are dead, i would still kill you and love you after (i would do it all over again)
one more kiss, which will be the last kiss
a kiss that sweet has never been more deadly
I must cry but they are unfair/not happy tears
this sorrow is the worst
i have to hurt the one I love. She’s awake!

I pray you, in your letters,
When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice: then, must you speak
Of one that lov’d not wisely but too well;
Of one not easily jealous, but, being wrought,
Perplex’d in the extreme; of one whose hand,
Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away
Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdu’d eyes
Albeit unused to the melting mood,
Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their med’cinable gum. Set you down this;
And say besides, that in Aleppo once,
Where a malignant and a turban’d Turk
Beat a Venetian and traduc’d the state,
I took by the throat the circumcised dog,
And smote him thus.
Who says this?
–Othello
CONTEXT
this is his monologue before he kills himself
Fig. lang- similies
alussions- casting away pearls, arabian trees, Aleppo
Metaphor- pearl being des, dog being a turk/iago, melting mood
hyperbole- richer than an entire tribe

TRANSLATION
I beseech that when you write about me
and tell the Senate about these terrible events
talk about me as i should be/tell it like it is, don’t exaggerate or tone things down
write about me as someone who isn’t smart about how he loved but who loved (desdemona) a lot.
write about me as someone who was not jealous but played and tricked
write about me as someone who wasted something more beautiful then he realized
write about me as somebody who normally does not cry
drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees but who cried thick, heavy teats
set down this, as thick as the Arabian trees’ sap
write this down
write this down and say who in Aleppo
where a mean Turk in a turban
defeated a guy from venice which messed up the area
i took the Turk by the throat
and killed him

I kissed thee ere I killed thee, no way but this,
Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.
Who says this?
–Othello,
CONTEXT
right after Othello stabs himself

TRANSLATION
I kissed you when I killed you, so I’m going to kiss you as I kill myself

Fig. Lang-
metaphor- to die upon a kiss (sword)
Repetition- i killed thee, killing

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