Monday, October 5, 2015

Andy Butscher Othello act 5 Summary Response

Summary Response Outline

Summary:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
  • Act 5 of Shakepeare’s Othello depicts the brutality and consequences of revenge and betrayal.
  • Supporting ideas and explanations to prove main ideas
  • In the final act of the tragedy, Iago’s final phases of his plan were executed. In an attempt to end Cassio’s life, Iago convinces Roderigo to ambush Cassio in the night, and makes a plan with Othello to kill Desdemona. When Roderigo’s attack fails and Othello kills Desdemona, Iago’s veil is lifted, exposing how he betrayed Othello, Roderigo, Cassio, Desdemona and many other characters. Realizing what he had done, Othello kills himself as Iago kills his own wife, after previously killing Roderigo.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
  • In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago’s scheme for revenge was consequated with several deaths of characters in a final attempt to redress the wrongs he had felt done to him.

Response:
  • Topic sentence: title, author,,correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays___(Main Idea)________ because ___________ .
    • Shakepeare’s Othello correctly portrays the consequences of revenge because of the betrayal each of the characters suffered and the lives that were taken because of it.
  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up
      • Iago’s final phase was to kill Cassio and convince Othello to kill Desdemona. To do this, Iago turned Roderigo’s blade against Cassio to keep his reputation clean in the case that the attack were to fail. This part of the plan ends in Roderigo and Desdemona dead and Cassio injured.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (Shakespeare 1.2.13-17).
      • Iago’s plan is for Roderigo and Cassio to try to kill each other, “‘Tis but a man gone. Forth, my sword! He [Cassio] dies.
        I have rubbed this young quat [Roderigo] almost to the sense, And he grows angry. Now whether he kill Cassio, or Cassio him, or each do each other, Every way makes my gain.” (Shakespeare 5.1.10-15)
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim: explain quote, connect to claim
      • Iago is willing to end one or more lives at once for revenge. The sinister man sees people’s lives as less important than the revenge he wants. He also, as a part of his plan, indirectly kills Desdemona by convincing Othello to assassinate her and Othello, when he took his own life after realizing he had wrongfully killed Desdemona, and murders his own wife after she had revealed to Othello what Iago had done to him.
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ....
    • Set-up
      • The death of some characters wasn’t out of revenge. Many characters died, but several of them had not died out of revenge.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
      • Iago had no previous quarrel with Roderigo, but still killed him. Iago says to Roderigo, “‘O murderous slave! O villain!’ {Iago stabs Roderigo}
        ‘O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!’” (Shakespeare 5.1. 73-75)
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim: explain quote, connect to claim
      • Iago had been plotting with Roderigo and had used him as a trusted assistant. Iago had no previous disagreements with Roderigo. This would mean that Roderigo was killed without an intention of revenge.
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? (use rebuttal progression language)
    • A common view is that Roderigo was killed without intent, and thus wasn’t a consequence of revenge, which is reasonable to think because Iago killed Roderigo even though their relationship seemed to be one of comradery. However, from the beginning of the story, Iago’s mistrust of Roderigo showed subtly. Iago muttered to himself about Roderigo several times, which showed that Roderigo didn’t have much importance to Iago, and he would have no hesitation in eliminating him if he were in the way of his ultimate goal, revenge. Roderigo was nothing more than a pawn to Iago’s plan.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
    • Shakespeare correctly expresses the true consequences of revenge in Othello act 5 by the lives the characters lost.