I amdesperate of my fortunes if they check me. See in text (Act V - Scene II). Even as our days do grow!..." . Othello will then conclude that Desdemona either gave the handkerchief to Cassio as a token of their love or left it at Cassio's lodgings after a rendezvous. Not now, lieutenant. ", "who stands so eminently in the "Some cogging cozening slave, to get some office,(150) A Florentine more kind and honest...." Othello then turns on Iago with savage intensity and demands to see the proof of Desdemona's infidelity. I must go and keep a lookout. Our general’s wife is now the general. Of her own clime, complexion, and degree, Reputation is what people think of you and it is a part of human nature. See in text (Act III - Scene III). I practically ranted at my own shadow. 'tis a night of revels: the gallants. 'Tis pity of him. Noble Othello, I am seriously injured. We must go be on the lookout. Reputation, reputation, reputation! IAGO As I am an honest man, I thought you had received some bodily wound. I've had one drink so far tonight, and it was a strong one. We have not yet enjoyed that benefit. I've never heard Cassio talk like that before. Emilia makes a crucial contribution to […], This unhappy scene focuses on Desdemona; she has become an innocent victim of Iago and Othello. Here we see that people with great reputation from the start can possibly experience a great breakdown in their reputation. Pleasure and action make the hours seem short. That he would steal away so guiltylike, Touch me not so near. (427) he cries. There is an element of prophecy here not only in Desdemona's and Othello's farewells to one another, but also in their lines and in the remainder of the Moor's first speech after Desdemona leaves. And speak parrot? For whiles this honest fool Plies Desdemona to repair his fortune And she for him pleads strongly to the Moor, I’ll pour this pestilence into his ear: That she repeals him for her body’s lust. yourself freely to her, importune her help to put you in. In this play, Iago is a two-faced character. Irony. She is of so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a disposition, she holds it a vice in her. I can stand well enough, and my words aren't slurred. IAGO: I am unfortunate in the infirmity, and dare not, What, man, ’tis a night of revels! What, in a town of war Yet wild, the people’s hearts brimful of fear, To manage private and domestic quarrel? Desdemona jests to Cassio that she will "talk him [Othello] out of patience; / His bed shall seem a school . While Othello plans to spill Desdemona’s lustful blood on their bed, the sheets are already stained with her matrimonial blood—the symbol of her faithfulness. Those legs that brought me to a part of it! Honest Iago, you look sick with worry. Methinks it sounds a parley to, Well, happiness to their sheets! He uses his good reputation as a weapon to destroy everyone’s reputation even though his reputation is the exact opposite of his true nature. You are but now cast in his mood, a punishment more in policy than in malice, even so as one would beat his offenseless dog to affright an imperious lion. Thou teachest me. Silence that annoying bell. Good night. A great many of Iago’s words are steeped in irony. What is the matter, gentlemen? I can stand well enough, and I speak well enough. What do you think? Teacher Editions with classroom activities for all 1372 titles we cover. Come on, Desdemona, it's typical for a soldier to have his sleep interrupted by strife and turmoil. Content thyself awhile. Desdemona realizes that Othello's answer is curt, and she emphasizes that this is an important matter and not a trifle that she is asking. He easily loses his position as Othello’s lieutenant and his reputation when Iago plans what might happen if he drinks. Seeing you coming...." And, good lieutenant, I think you think I love you. Iago hath direction what to do, But notwithstanding with my personal eyeWill I look to ’t. "This hand is moist, my lady...." . If I had as many mouths as the. You or any man may get drunk now and then. Having a good reputation gives us power to easily manipulate and persuade people but if we do that, karma may come to us like what happened to Iago, death. Having a good reputation gives us power to easily manipulate and persuade people but if we do that, karma may come to us like what happened to Iago, death. Meanwhile, I need to take the Moor aside and orchestrate it so that he happens upon Cassio pleading to his wife. I have drunk but one cup to-night, and that was, What, man! Upon this line, Iago stabs Rodrigo. As for Desdemona's fate, Othello says that he will withdraw and find "some swift means of death" (447). Now ’mongst this flock of drunkards Am I to put our Cassio in some action That may offend the isle. Our general cast us thus early for the love of his Desdemona—who let us not therefore blame. Emilia's comment is followed by another comment that is equally startling: Desdemona, speaking of Iago, says, "O, that's an honest fellow" (5). Excitement and action make time fly. When devils do the worst sins, they first put on the pretense of goodness and innocence, as I am doing now. Apologize to her, and beg her to help you regain your place as lieutenant. Now, by heaven, my anger starts to overwhelm my reason, and passion is working to take over my good judgment. We see how flaws beat good reputation. In here we see the irony and how he starts to trust Iago more than his beloved Desdemona. Three lads of Cyprus, noble swelling spirits. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful. Even those who are fond of criticizing can't help but praise you. The general is talking to you. If Desdemona had said these words in Act II, the audience would be inclined to agree. Iago also urges Othello to recall that Desdemona deceived her own father by marrying Othello. Good Michael, take care of the guard duties tonight. This scene, often called the "temptation scene," is the most important scene in the entire play and one of the most well-known scenes in all drama. You or any man living may be drunk at a time, man. 'Fore heaven, they have given me a rouse already. And thou, by that small hurt, hath cashiered Cassio. Did you say something, you rogue? In fact, Shakespeare draws some of the language of her repentance from the Catholic Eucharist, specifically the section devoted to the confession of sin. What, man, there are waysto recover the general again. Fie, Fie, lieutenant,You’ll be ashamed for ever. Content thyself awhile. Iago represents himself as an honest, but reluctant, witness. There is more sense in that than in reputation. What an eye she has! Go, I tell you. Iago enters and, after a brief exchange with his wife, learns that she has the very handkerchief that he has longed for. And squabble? Emilia then notes that Othello and Iago are approaching. Get tips and ideas in OUTLINE. Desdemona, the well-meaning bride, has been talking with Cassio and tells him that she is sure that she can influence her husband in Cassio's behalf. To th' platform, masters. Othello's mind and soul are torn with irrational images of Desdemona's infidelity and of his own unworthiness. On one level, Iago speaks of himself hypothetically. If I had as many mouths as the Hydra to ask him with, he'd say no to each one. Roderigo, a suitor of Desdemona, is the only character who knows the real Iago yet Iago kills him. Now that we're married, the consummation is to follow. without merit and lost without deserving...." Reputation is what people think of you and it is a part of human nature. This is my right hand, and this is my left hand. Lieutenant—sir, Montano—gentlemen, Have you forgot all place of sense and duty? “Come, lieutenant, I have a stoup of wine; and here without a brace of Cyprus gallants that would fain have a measure to the health of black Othello. Now, by heaven, my anger starts to overwhelm my reason, and passion is working to take over my good judgment.