Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Andy Butscher Kendall Jordan Othello Act 1 Redo

Summary Response Outline

Summary: Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
Othello by William Shakespeare illustrates a story of revenge, jealousy, and the effect anger has on a person.
  • Supporting ideas to prove main ideas
Act One follows Iago and Roderigo as they each seek revenge on Othello. Iago desired the position as his lieutenant, but Othello overlooked him and gave him a job as an “ancient.” Roderigo is in love with Desdemona, who happens to be Othello’s lover and wife.

  • Explanation of ideas
Both of the characters feel like they have been wronged by this man and that they must have revenge upon him.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
In Othello, by William Shakespeare, the Moor betrays Iago and Roderigo unknowingly by taking away the position that Iago wanted and the girl that Roderigo loved.

Response: Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Othello by William Shakespeare portrays the results of anger and the extent one goes to get revenge because of jealousy due to hatred and beliefs.
  • Claim 1: Jealousy and anger are clearly shown in two different situations.
    • Set-up The main characters, Iago and Roderigo, both feel they have been cheated by Othello. Iago is jealous of a man named Cassio because Othello appointed Cassio to be his lieutenant, even though Iago was a much more experienced, loyal option. Iago states, “‘In personal suit to make me his lieutenant...For ‘Certes,’ says he, ‘I have already chose my officer’’” (Shakespeare 1.1 10-18).
    • Evidence: Iago desired a position of lieutenant to Othello, who was a great, Venetian commander. Instead of considering Iago for the position, Othello chose Michael Cassio, a mathematician from Florence.
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim -  Iago felt betrayed and hurt, so he swore to get revenge on Othello.
  • Counterclaim 1: Iago appears to be a loyal and trustworthy servant to Othello throughout Act One.
    • Set-up Iago is Othello’s “ancient” and he must attend to him in battle. Therefore, he is very pleasant and friendly towards Othello. Although it may seem like he genuinely cares for Othello’s well-being, his kindness is just a part of his twisted plan to get revenge.
    • Evidence: Iago tries to warn Othello about Brabantio wanting to divorce Othello and Desdemona. As Iago says, “‘And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms against your Honor, that with the little godliness I have. Are you fast married? Be assured of this, that the magnifico is much beloved... As double as the Duke’s. He will divorce you...”  (Shakespeare 1.2 9-16).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim This warning seems friendly, making it appear that  Iago is completely loyal to Othello. Iago tells him to be watchful and vigilant because if he isn’t, Desdemona may divorce him.

  • What are the strengths/flaws of this argument? Rebuttal progression
A common position is that Iago a trustworthy ancient to Othello. This view may seem reasonable because Iago and Othello seem to trust each other, but Iago is planning to use Othello’s trust against him. In the text, Iago verbally plots to manipulate Othello’s emotions and thoughts to redress his betrayal of Iago. Iago appears to be an ally to Othello, but he is just wearing a mask.

  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
William Shakespeare’s Othello demonstrates how jealousy and anger can control a person’s life and the choices they make out of hatred.

Works Cited

Shakespeare, William. Othello. N.p.: Folger Shakespeare Library, 1993. Print.

1 comment:

  1. Citation incorrect- missing a period

    Make sure to expand explanation of counterclaim: explain quote and connect to the counterclaim point

    Expand rebuttal progression: spend more time proving your claim- validate what you proved earlier.