Thursday, September 24, 2015

Colin L., Zach W. Othello Act 2 S/R REDO

Summary Response Outline

  • Topic sentence: In Othello, William Shakespeare vividly displays how Iago is truly the essence of jealousy and betrayal.  
  • Supporting ideas to prove main ideas: Iago so badly wants the lieutenancy held by Michael Cassio that he will stop at nothing to obtain it.
  • He will lie and manipulate many people, including Cassio himself. All just to accomplish his own goals
  • Concluding sentence: William Shakespeare’s Othello revolves around Iago’s evil qualities and the fact that he is a manipulative fiend who is willing ruin anyone’s life in order to get what he wants.


  • Topic sentence: In William Shakespeare’s tale, Othello, Shakespeare illustrates how Iago is only interested in his own pursuits, not the welfare of others because he uses people to get what he desires.
  • Claim 1:  Iago is a two-faced demon who manipulates people to help him pursue his own agenda by appearing to want to assist other people.
    • Set-up- Iago learns that Cassio does not respond well to alcohol. He then persuades Cassio to drink wine, knowing Cassio will be easily angered in his drunken state.
    • Evidence: After Cassio starts a inebriated brawl that night, Iago speaks to him, “Confess yourself freely to her. Importune her help to help you in your place again”(Shakespeare 2.3.337-339).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim: Iago tells Cassio to plead to Desdemona to be returned to his position. If Desdemona advocates for Cassio, Iago will create the illusion of Desdemona and Cassio being lovers to Othello. He will make Othello suspicious of why Desdemona is pleading for Cassio to be returned to the position of lieutenant. This will make Othello lost his trust for Desdemona and will make Othello very angry with Cassio.
  • Counterclaim 1: However, some may argue that Iago is actually being helpful.
  • Set-up- Iago gives Cassio advice on how to re-attain his lost lieutenancy. Cassio believes he is being honestly helpful.
    • Evidence: At the conclusion of Iago and Cassio’s conversation about re-attaining Cassio’s lost position, Cassio says to Iago,  “Good night, honest Iago”(Shakespeare, 2.3.355).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim: Iago is truly being honest with Cassio. He wants Cassio to spend more time with Desdemona. He isn’t just doing it for his own agenda.
  • Claim 2:
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
  • Counterclaim 2: Although, ....
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument?: At first glance, one might think that Iago is honestly trying to be helpful towards others. This position seems reasonable because Iago constantly offers his help to others. But it's more complicated than that, Iago only wears the mask of a person with good intentions in order to reach his own goals. He appears to want to help, but in essence he only manipulates people. Iago has the ability to pit people against each other by lying to them.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea:   Iago is a manipulative fiend who is willing to do anything to anybody in order to get what he wants.

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