Josie and Piper Act 2 S/R #3
The play Othello written by William Shakespeare recounts a story of betrayal. Act 2 tells about Iago’s plan to get Cassio, a valiant lieutenant of Othello’s, off Othello’s service and then have Cassios plead to Desdemona, Othello’s wife, to make it look as though Cassio is Desdemona's lover. His plan betrays Cassio and Othello and creates conflict within the plot.
Topic Sentence: Act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare correctly portrays a strong theme of the influence of love and the hold it has on one's decisions because of the way Shakespeare uses love as a tool of manipulation and the choices the characters make that are influenced by love.
Claim: As Othello unfolds to the audience, one would easily notice that the power of love is an extremely important element of the story. Shakespeare not only uses love to demonstrate a romantic and affectionate play, but he uses this theme as a tool of manipulation and betrayal for his characters, leading them to do acts that would be otherwise out of the question.
Evidence: An example of love being used to influence decisions is when Iago is talking to heartbroken Roderigo. Roderigo is sensitive and in the perfect position for Iago to take advantage of him and Iago says, “... I must tell thee this: Desdemona is directly in love with him [Cassio]” (Shakespeare, 2.1. 235-240). Iago is lying to Roderigo about Desdemona and Cassio’s relationship, Iago tells Roderigo this to make him mad at Cassio. Iago knows that Roderigo is so in love with Desdemona, he will do anything to get to her, even if that means to make foolish and clouded decisions.
Counterclaim: However, one may think that love is powerful enough to make your decisions and mindset even more clear.
Set Up: Throughout Othello, Desdemona and Othello’s relationship is a constant reminder of strong and pure love. Against all of those opposing their love (Roderigo, Brabantio, Iago) they don’t let others influence their decisions to love each other.
Evidence: When Othello enters the room he and Desdemona speak of their love for eachother yet again, “The heavens forbid But that of our loves and comforts should increase Even as our days do grow” (Shakespeare, 2.1. 210-215).She is saying here (metaphorically) that even God forbids her love of Othello but Desdemona exclaims how her love for Othello grows day by day, and although many oppose it, her mind is clear on who she loves.
Rebuttal: A very common view is that the power of love sharpens your mind and makes you appreciate the importance of emotion. Even in day to day life we see that people who are connected by love are emotionally one. We can not deny that in its purest form, love is a beautiful thing that should be cherished and welcomed in life. This interpretation is helpful and is used by many but unfortunately the love portrayed in Othello is much more complicated than this. William Shakespeare’s Othello uses love as a manipulative tool and can make people do things that are against pedestrian customs. Even Desdemona and Othello, who are in the strongest of relationships are being turned against one another. Also Roderigo has even turned to suicide when faced by the complexities of his love for Desdemona.
Conclusion: In Act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare recounts the influence of love and power it has over decisions and lives it can change one’s thoughts and affect the actions of a person, Shakespeare demonstrates this very well in Othello.