Othello Literary Devices Flashcard Example #94218

“And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms” (I.ii.9).
Alliteration
“To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on” (I.i.123-127).
Alliteration
“Because we come to do you service and you think we are ruffians, you’ll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse, you’ll have your nephews neigh to you, you’ll have coursers for cousins and jennets for germans” (I.i.123-127). (Calling them horses/animals)
Metaphor
“Even now, now very now an old black ram is tupping your white ewe” Othello and Desdemona (racist, symbolizes Des being pure. Ewe=female sheep)
Metaphor
“By Janus, I think no” (I.ii38). (Allusion to a Roman God with two faces)
Allusion
“Sir, you are one of those that will not serve God if the Devil bid you” (I.i.122-123).
Allusion
“‘Twas pitiful, ’twas wondrously pitiful” (I.ii.186). (Othello)
Oxymoron
“At this odd-even and dull watch o’th’night” (I.i.138).
Oxymoron
“Wherein I space of most disastrous chances of moving accidents by flood and field of her breath ‘scapes i’thiminent deadly beach…” (I.ii.155-157). (Othello)
Foreshadow
“Look to her, Moor, if thor hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father and may thee” (I.iii.333-334). (foreshadowing deception)
Foreshadow
“The bloody book of law” (I.iii. 80-81).
Personification
“It is silliness to live when to live is forment and then we have a prescription to die when death is our physician.” (I.iii.350-353).
Personification
“I know my price, I am worth no worse a place” (Act 1 Scene 1, 13)
Motivation
And it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets ‘has done my office” (Act 1 Scene 3, 430)
Motivation
“I am not what I am” (Act 1 Scene 1, 72)
Paradox
“The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief;” (I. iii. 238-239
Paradox
“Honest Iago” (I.ii.336).
Irony
“A man he is of honest and trust” (I.iii.331). (Othello about Iago)
Irony
“Your son-in-law is far more fair than black” (I.iii. 333) (Duke to Brabantio)
Pun

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