Thursday, October 1, 2015

Act 4

Topic Sentence: Act 4 of Shakespeare’s play, Othello, expresses the power of gender and how it affects the actions and feelings of the characters.

Supporting Ideas: Iago continues to whisper lies into Othello’s ear persuading him to believe that Desdemona is dishonest and unfaithful. Othello talks to Desdemona about her loyalty as he weeps and shows his heart is broken.

Explanation of Ideas:  When he talks to her he calls her mean names and questions the women as if they are just there for his expense.

Concluding Sentence: Othello and Iago continue to use the power of gender in Act 4 of Shakespeare’s play, Othello.

Topic Sentence: Othello, by Shakespeare, correctly demonstrates how the power of gender can affect the character's thoughts, actions, and their words because of Othello’s actions to Desdemona, Iago, and Emilia and how he treats them differently.

Claim 1: Othello questions the two women and immediately gives his trust to Iago with no questions asked.

Set Up: At this point in the play Iago has convinced Othello of Desdemona's fake affair with Cassio and the ideas of unfaithfulness have gotten Othello to believe that Desdemona is cheating on him, he takes Iago's word over hers when he questions her on her loyalty. This proves that Othello treats men with a higher respect than women.

Lead In/Quote/Citation: Since Othello is so trustworthy of Iago he questions Emilia and Desdemona, “Let me see your eyes. Look in my face.”(Shakespeare 4.2.30).

Explanation: Othello’s questioning of Desdemona’s faith is tested when he makes her look into his eyes. Power of gender is used here when Othello takes Desdemona into another room to question her on her loyalty. He then makes her, tells her, and demands her, to look at him for her to be judged. Power of gender is used in this act with power over the women too the men in the play.

Counterclaim: However, Iago shows equality with Desdemona when she is asking for reassurance, he treats her as though she is a friend, an equal.

Set Up: After Othello calls Desdemona a whore for him thinking that she is unloyal and having an affair with Cassio she runs to Iago and Emilia for reassurance that she is not that awful name and that she is a good wife.

Lead In/Quote/Citation: Iago and Desdemona are talking about the words Othello used, “Why did he say so?” “I do not know. I am sure I am none such.” “Do not weep, do not weep! Alas the day!” (Shakespeare 4.2.143-145)

Explanation of Quote: Iago helps desdemona not cry anymore and comforts her as a friend and as an equal not passing on her feelings as if they didn’t matter. This shows that there is no power between the two genders and that they are equal showing that the characters are capable of not using male as a superiority.

Rebuttal:Although it may appear that Othello loves Desdemona in the beginning of the play, if you look deeper and later into the play he questions her so that she is just there for his questioning and for his enjoyment. Even though one might believe in true love and how nothing can come between the two in a marriage the thoughts of an affair created Othello to be jealous which then led him to become a superior in the relationship showing the power of gender.

Concluding Sentence: Othello, by Shakespeare, correctly portrays the power of gender because of how Othello treats the two women in the play as though there feelings don’t matter and that men are superiority.