He is self-conceited. [Scene Summary] If that the earth could teem with woman’s tears, Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile, Out of my sight! Iago responds that he's been working diligently on Roderigo 's behalf and can promise that Rodrigo will have Desdemona by the following night. Spell. Roderigo is Iago’s dupe, his fool. Flashcards. Put out the light, and then put out the light.If I quench thee, thou flaming minister,I can again thy former light restoreShould I repent me. Iago: Evil Incarnate “l follow him to serve my turn upon him. Here Iago explains how Roderigo can help him. It also is the first seed planted in his game of deception. ” He needed a way to execute his plan in getting his revenge against Othello without being caught, and he used Roderigo’s love for Desdemona and his foolishness to do so. PLAY. Iago makes this comment to Othello as a way of refuting Othello’s insistence that Desdemona is honest and would not lie to him. He creates a romantic image between them. He knows that Roderigo lusts after Desdemona and is angry to learn that she is married Othello. Meaning: referring to finding spouses of same race, how is this fair and logical? Go make money. Iago says this line to Roderigo at the start of the play as he explains that he secretly hates Othello and is plotting against him. He feeds illusion to an extent that he refuses to see the love Desdemona has for Othello and desires for her unnecessarily. Meaning: Cassio is deeply worried about how his actions (really influenced by Iago) will affect his reputation; Iago’s mission to take out Cassio is almost complete, You have lost no reputation at all unless you repute yourself such a loser Meaning: This is the truth coming from Iago although his answer is hypocritical (changes tone later in the scene); doesn’t really matter what people think of you, O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! Iago then goes on to explain that he's a hypocrite and proud of it. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. Her name, that was as freshAs Dian’s visage, is now begrimed and blackAs mine own face.Meaning: Othello is unsure what to believe and doesn’t know what is true. The quote shows that from the moment the action begins, Iago is already looking for ways to bring about Othello’s downfall. Yet I’ll not shed her blood,Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snowAnd smooth as monumental alabaster.Yet she must die, else she’ll betray more men.Meaning: What Iago has planted into Othello’s mind has taken him over completely, body and soul. Test. He points out that Desdemona demonstrably has the capacity to lie and keep secrets since she hid her courtship with Othello from her disapproving father. Most shockingly, perhaps, he kills Roderigo, a character with whom he has conspired and been mostly honest throughout the play. Shamekia has taught English at the secondary level and has her doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Nothing extenuate,Nor set down aught in malice. Here Iago orchestrates even the way in which Desdemona will be killed. I tell you 'tis not very well. Roderigo. To him, Desdemona’s name has been soiled. Here, Iago, yet again carefully chooses the words to describe Cassio and Desdemona's actions. Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against him. This statement is one of the few moments of honesty between Iago and another character. In this quote he is telling Roderigo that this is the way he will act towards Othello. He points out to Roderigo that men cannot follow leaders if they want to lead themselves. Quotes About– Racism In Othello. Iago is desperate to convince Roderigo of Cassio's ill intentions that he tells him: "They met so near with their lips that their breaths embraced together - villainous thoughts, Roderigo!" that we should with joy, pleasance, revel and applause transform ourselves into beasts! Meaning: He is referring to the wine (enemy) that Iago forced upon him; this causes people to transform into animals (much like iago), She is of so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a disposition she holds it a vice in her goodness not to do more than she is requested Meaning: Desdemona is nearly perfect—she even thinks not helping someone to a great extent is a bad thing, When devils will the blackest sins put on, They do suggest at first with heavenly shows, As I do now Meaning: Devils mask themselves as angels; Angels can appear as devils (both ways around; I am not what I am) — Iago is the devil so this comment is about himself, So will I turn her virtue into pitchAnd out of her own goodness make the netThat shall enmesh them allMeaning: Iago will turn Desdemona’s good intentions into a trap for everyone, For thy solicitor shall rather die/ Than give thy cause away Meaning: She will do anything to help Cassio get his position back; shows her great kindness, Excellent wretch! come, sir, I am for you" (1.2.58). What you know, you know. Iago admits, "I am not what I am" to Roderigo, and yet Roderigo continues to believe and pay him. However, towards the end of the play, Roderigo has realized that Iago is fooling him. Iago keeps on asking Rodergio to be ready with his money to win Desdemona back from the brute. I,1,7. Roderigo states, ‘never tell me; I take it much unkindly, that thou, Iago, who hast had my purse, as if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this’ (Act 1, Scene 1, lines 1-3). I have very poor/ and unhappy brains for drinking; I could well wish/ courtesy would invent some other custom of enter-/ tainment Meaning: Cassio politely rejects Iago’s offer to drink; he does not find this activity enjoyable/he is a lightweight, I fear the trust Othello puts him in/ On some odd time of his infirmity/ Will shake this island Meaning: Iago divulges his plan—in which he will bring down Cassio by causing him injury, Touch me not so near/ I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth/ Than it should do offense to Michael Cassio/ Yet I persuade myself, to speak the truth/ Shall nothing wrong him. What is Iago's plan and purpose in act 1, scene 3 of Othello? Roderigo does not feel any loyalty towards In love with Desdemona and prepared to do anything to get her, Roderigo is easily manipulated by the evil Iago. Meaning: yes, women are bad because of men but that does not make the situation just—men and women should be saved from evil and brought into good again; we must learn from women like that and avoid being like them. He will act loyal and dutiful but behind the scenes, he will be working for himself and doing whatever he can to defeat the moor. We cannot all be masters, nor all masters Cannot be truly follow’d” (1. Iago. Very well. "(A.1,S.3,P.14) Here Iago is trying to convince Roderigo to help him bring down Othello. Meaning: The way men appear should be how they are inside—not the case with Iago (he is the master of deception, so he is not the same inside and outside) —devil like angel and vice versa, Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls Meaning: referring to reputation—how it is everything although he just said reputation does not matter to Cassio (half truth), Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy!It is the green-eyed monster which doth mockThe meat it feeds on. I know my price; I am worth no worse a place, Perferment goes by letter and affection/ And not by old gradation, where each second/ Stood heir to th’ first Meaning: it is not about loyalty, but who you know, We cannot all be masters, nor all masters/ Cannot be truly followed Meaning: theory is in Machiavelli (end justifies the means); not everyone can be leaders, but if they are in charge not everyone will follow — Othello being followed, I am not what I am Meaning: Iago is the devil; God reveals to Moses “I am who I am” (play on Scripture), I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your/ daughter and the Moor are now making the beast/ with two backs Meaning: reference to beast is the anti-Christ (devil); Iago denotes Moor as the devil and Desdemona as human; shows the racism in era, Fathers, from hence trust not your daughter’s minds/ But what you see them act Meaning: Fathers shall not trust their daughter’s words, but their actions—Brabantio worried about his daughter marrying a black man, My services which I have done the signiory/ Shall out-tongue his complaints Meaning: Othello’s actions speak louder than his words; he is prepared to defend his right to marry Desdemona—power from his service, Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals/ That weaken motion Meaning: Othello inflicted upon Desdemona drugs, etc. Who can control his fate? Key Concepts: Terms in this set (31) "Men should be what they seem; or those that be not, would they might seem none!" In love with Desdemona and prepared to do anything to get her, Roderigo is easily manipulated by the evil Iago. Othello: Iago Quotes | SparkNotes. Finally, one who seriously desires personal revenge desires to reveal himself. Iago then goes on to trying to comfort Roderigo with the orders and decisions Iago is making for him, in a sense, by showing him how they are both in common and want the same final outcome (that they both hate Othello and want him to suffer). It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul.Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars,It is the cause. Iago double crosses all the characters who consider him a friend. In the end, Roderigo … Roderigo is the "money" and Iago is the "purse." Othello: Quotes. Meaning: accusing Desdemona of crying fake tears; ironically the one acting is Iago not Desdemona (crocodile tears = fake tears), To preserve this vessel for my lord/ From any other foul unlawful touch/ Be not to be a strumpet, I am none.Meaning: I am pure for the Moor, And his unkindness may defeat my life/ But never taint my love Meaning: shows the epitome of Desdemona’s love for Othello — she gives her everything to him despite his actions towards her which may result in her death; unconditional love, The world’s a huge thing; it is a great price for a small vice Meaning: mentally that “end justifies the means” It does not matter what one does to get their way because in the end the world is so great that no one cares. Iago then immediately orders Roderigo to go ‘make money’, which further emphasizes Iago’s superiority. Roderigo is with Brabantio when Brabantio finds Othello at the inn where Othello and Desdemona are staying. I think my wife be honest and think she is not.I think that thou art just and think thou art not.I’ll have some proof. My cause is hearted: thine hath no less reason. Good gentlemen, let me have leave to speak/ ‘Tis proper I obey him, but not now/ Perchance, Iago, I will ne’er go home Meaning: I should obey men, but not at a time like this — Desdemona just died! He uses Roderigo to perform his dirty work, and without him would have been unable to discredit Cassio in the first place. Emilia response to Iago shows her voice, Not to-night, good Iago. Roderigo's only words in the scene, are "Signior, it is the Moor" (1.2.57).A moment later, in order to provoke a brawl, Iago pretends he's about to attack Roderigo, saying, "You, Roderigo! he can always relight the candle but can never bring Desdemona back to life. But once put out thy light,I know not where is the Promethean heatThat can thy light relume Meaning: the physical actions of blowing out the candle symbolizes Othello killing Desdemona. “a big prize for a small sin”, Then let them use us well; else let them know, The ills we do, their ills instruct us so.Meaning: our flaws our because of men, not us; we learn from their actions, Not to pick bad from bad, but by bad mend! This quote is one of the few moments where Iago explains his possible motivation for being obsessed with destroying Othello. 1. The quote shows Iago’s desire to control every aspect of how his plan will unfold, and also his sinister sense of poetic justice. (anagnorisis: realizes his mistake; deserved punishment of self execution), She loved me for the dangers I had passed,And I loved her that she did pity them.This is the only witchcraft I have usedMeaning: Othello told Desdemona stories of his battles to woo her, Even now, now, very now, an old black ramIs topping your white eweMeaning: Iago describes Othello and Desdemona’s relationship with animalistic terms to slyly convince Branbantio that Othello is no good for his daughter. Designed by GonThemes. All my fond love thus do I blow to heaven./ ‘ Tis gone/ Arise, black venegance, from the hollow hell!/ Yield up, O love, thy crown and heaerted throne/ To Tyrannous hate! Bitter about being passed up for Cassio's post, Iago reveals he serves Othello only to serve himself. Iago kills Roderigo to stop him revealing what he knows. Although everyone, including Othello, believes that Iago is a loyal and devoted friend, Iago understands the strategic advantage that false friendship gives him. STUDY. When Iago explains to Roderigo that he hates Othello, Roderigo wonders why Iago is still working for Othello. Key Quotes: Iago. Rodrigo is one of those modern days one-sided lovers. Iago encourages Roderigo to believe that by participating in Iago’s plot, he might have the chance to have an affair with Desdemona. When he didn’t need Roderigo anymore Iago betrayed him by killing him. Firstly, the fact that Iago declares his intention to harm Othello when he speaks to Roderigo, is a good quote: I follow him to serve my turn upon him Iago and Roderigo . By constantly being brought in contact with lago, Roderigo cannot but be blackened by the soot which cleaves to him. Iago is enlisting Roderig… However, Iago only mentions this motivation very briefly, and it does not seem to fully explain the depth of his hatred toward Othello. He's hired Iago to be his wingman, but Iago basically uses him as a walking ATM. I have lost my reputation! Act 1 scene 1 ‘I know my price, I am worth no worse a place:—’ Act 1 scene one means that he knows well that he deserved the position. Iago (to Roderigo) Perferment goes by letter and affection/ And not by old gradation, where each second/ Stood heir to th’ first Meaning: it is not about loyalty, but who you know. He is beginning to go mad. lagds speech to Roderigo in the first scene gives the audience their first glimpse at his true nature. Iago loots and plunders Roderigo in the name of giving gifts to Desdemona. Iago is a clever man. He is so keen to win Desdemona that he follows the army to Cyprus. And when I love thee not, Chaos is come again Meaning: Othello loves Desdemona till the end of time; when this truncates—chaos will break (he will become nothing without Desdemona) —- foreshadows the future when Iago will turn his love around, Men should be what they seem, Or those that be not, which they might seem none! This quote shows Iago’s skill at psychological manipulation: he subtly plants a seed of doubt in Othello’s mind, using the couple’s own love as a weapon to increase the distrust between them. Answer: "Evil communications corrupt good morals." However, Roderigo seems to know Iago best. Thus it is, general/ Montano and myself being in speech/ There comes a fellow crying out for help Meaning: Iago uses deception to prove that he is close with Cassio although that is not the case; He never tells the entire truth (not completing lying), Reputation, reputation, repuation! Iago – O sir, content you./I follow him to serve my turn upon him.” (1.1.38-42) and therefore telling Iago of Othello’s wrongs in choosing Cassio over him, adding to Roderigo’s reasons for hating Othello. ‘Tis not so now Meaning: no one can control fate; it’s at his journey’s end (full circle for Othello), Demand me nothing. — corrupting her (racism), She has abused her father, and may thee Meaning: Brabantio being spiteful; planting seed of deceit in Othello’s mind, I never found/ man that knew how to love himself Meaning: everyone has a weakness whether evident or not, Our bodies are our gardens, to the/ which our wills are gardenersMeaning: plant flowers or weeds—our choice (half true), You are pictures out of doors/ Bells in your parlors, wildcats in your kitchen/ Saints in your injuries, devils being offended/ Players in your housewifery, and housewives in your beds Meaning: stating what women are — merely people with makeup; have sex by just going through the motions (not actually any reason behind it), How if fair and foolish? I follow him to serve my turn upon him. Roderigo is a rich, unintelligent guy who thinks that if he sends Desdemona enough expensive presents, she'll fall in love with him. Shakespeare, through his character, displays how damaging can foolishness be. One of the quotes is in the first act of the Play. Also, referring to Othello, Iago says that not all men are fit to lead and not all leaders should be followed. Iago (to Roderigo) I know my price; I am worth no worse a place. Iago (to Roderigo about Othello) Desdemona must die or she will cheat on more men. (1.1.) That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse... 2. Othello, Roderigo and Cassio Effectively Manipulated by Iago "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" is a quote that very well describes how two-face Iago really is. Enter IAGO and RODERIGO. Iago is an exaggeration, a fiend without analogy in human record, one who should rightfully wear the legendary cloven hoof. He then tells Roderigo about Cassio being promoted by the Duke to take Othello 's place as defender of Cyprus. (racist terms). The purpose of this paper is to interpret several neglected or com-pletely overlooked assertions of Iago and thereby add weight to the point of view that Iago's motivation and powers of in-tellect are comprehensible and convinc-ing. He is only pretending loyalty to Othello and is certainly not like those who loyally serve their masters all their lives and then are fired when they're too old to work. Roderigo. In William Shakespeare's play, Othello, Iago's hatred toward the Moor, Othello, leads him to devise a plan against him. Iago takes the jewelry Roderigo thinks he's giving to Desdemona and sells it for a profit. Othello – Iago Quotes. In act 1 of Othello, how does Iago use his power of persuasion with Roderigo, Brabantio, and … The quote also reinforces the fact that Iago has complete control over Othello at this point, since Othello immediately agrees to the gruesome plan. The revenger’s greatest satisfaction is to be able to tell his victim to his face – "You thought you were all-powerful and untouchable and could injure me with impunity. Then must you speakOf one that loved not wisely, but too well.Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought,Perplexed in the extreme…Meaning: do not tell people I was a great man because I am not, I am a fool. Iago used Roderigo for his dirty work so that he would not betray his front as “Honest Iago. Roderigo is a fool. Meaning: referring to Desdemona—appetites refer to sexual behavior (want a younger man than Othello —so that is what Iago says), I will in Cassio’s logding lose his napkin/ And let him find it Meaning: part of larger scheme, Not poppy nor mandragora, Not all teh drowsy syrups of the world, Shall ever med’cine thee to that sweet sleep, which thou owedst yesterday Meaning: no good night sleep anymore because the jealousy is too great — no reverting back to the good ol’ days, Dangerous conceits arc in their natures poisons, Which at the first are scare found to distaste, But with a little act upon the blood/ Burn like the mines of sulphur Meaning: little poison does nothing, but heavy loads of poision create pain and punishment—Iago hasn’t hurt Othello enough yet when he does the pain will be unbearable leading to his own death; little spark creates big fire, I should be wise; for honesty’s a fool/ And loses that it works for Meaning: Othello is pestering Iago to reveal the truth about Cassio (all the details but he won’t) — Iago believes if he tells he will lose a friend (Cassio). 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