Othello act 5 commentary

Montano chases after Iago while Graziano stays to guard the door. For Othello, seeing is believing, and proof of the truth is visual. Ominously, Desdemona sings it herself, and its plaintive sadness soothes her even as it chills us with its portent of her death. Ominously, Desdemona sings it herself, and its plaintive sadness soothes her even as it chills us with its portent of her death.

He is not interested in her innocence, in her pleas to be given a chance to explain the truth behind appearances, because he is so consumed by the "monster" of jealousy that he is certain that she is guilty.

The parallels that reinforce the theme of jealousy illustrate the craftsmanship of the playwright, and indeed, Othello is a particularly well-constructed play. There was no time at all for them to commit adultery, as the plays ends after only two days on Cyprus. He fears that the free and virtuous natures of the other characters, especially Desdemona, may demonstrate his own worthlessness.

Brabantio naturally calls Iago a villain. Practise speaking it until you think you have captured his mood. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. The news that Cassio has killed Roderigo is the first sign of Iago's plots unraveling.

The lives—and deaths—of Othello and Desdemona are in the end transcended by their involvement with each other. Not surprisingly, the biases of English society as a whole was equally blatant. Iago tries to control Emilia, commanding her as his wife to be silent. Without the support of his love for Desdemona, Othello could only say, 'Chaos is come again' 3.

Cassio arrives and protests he never did anything wrong against Othello or Desdemona; Othello believes it and asks his pardon.

Iago's jealousy is particularly significant, as it suggests that when he misleads Othello he is simply transferring his own psychic ailment. These hints, among numerous others, serve to keep before us a convincing sense that more has transpired than could actually be the case.

Act 5 Scene 1

Othello is shocked to learn from Emilia that Cassio killed Roderigo but is himself still alive. Bianca enters and begins to cry out when she sees the wounded Cassio. Othello, now comprehending everything, shows frank, deep remorse.

Similarly, later in the play, Cassio's disastrous reversion from distrust to trust of the villain echoes the development of the main plot. He explains that Iago has had his purse been paid by him to keep him informed of Desdemona's activities, a women whom Roderigo is in love with made clearer later in the text.

Now Emilia explodes in anger, and explains that she was the one who found the handkerchief and gave it to Iago. Iago lies that Roderigo and not himself, was responsible for angering Brabantio against Othello, telling Othello that he should watch out for Brabantio's men who are looking for him.

Roderigo wishes to drown himself in despair that he will never have the hand of Desdemona since she is now married to Othello Lines Othello expresses the common desire to be thought well of by others, especially near the end of our lives.

Iago ends the scene with an aside: Act 5 Scene 2 Synopsis of Act 5 Scene 2 Othello prepares to kill Desdemona, trying to convince himself that he is acting out of justice, not revenge.

Here is a letter. Her relationship with Othello is one of love, and she is deliberately loyal only to her marriage. They all said, Let him be crucified. When he lets her in she reports the murder of Roderigo but that Cassio is only wounded. Othello tells the guards to stop.

Iago complains that Roderigo is not listening to him. Standing over Desdemona as she sleeps, he admires her beauty, kisses her, and is almost moved to let her live—noting that, like a flower, once plucked, she cannot be given "vital growth" 5.

Through a simple plot with minimal comic relief, Shakespeare avoids distractions that would permit the audience to recuperate temporarily from the increasing tension into which they are drawn. To "prove" something is to investigate it to the point where its true nature is revealed.

Iago now adds that by his service, he must still "love the Moor" who is of course Othello Line In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Act 5 Scene 2

In comparison to his frantic, epileptic state in the prior scenes, Othello now seems dignified. Othello insists again that Desdemona was unfaithful and brings up the proof of the handkerchief. A summary of Act V, scenes i–ii in William Shakespeare's Othello. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Othello and what it means.

Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Othello threatens Emilia to keep quiet, but Emilia is unafraid, saying "Though hast not half that power to do me harm / As I have to be hurt" (–).

She calls out that "The Moor hath killed my mistress" (). OTHELLO COMMENTARY ACT 5 Act 5, Scene 2 (lines ) Act 5 Scene 2 is the last speech made by the eloquent Othello in this tragedy, taking place on the secluded island of Cyprus, a world apart from Venice and the rest of the world.

Commentary on Act 5 Scene 2 It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul. – Othello here tries to convince himself that he has to kill Desdemona, not out of revenge or jealousy but because it is the right thing to do to an adulteress, ‘else she’ll betray more men.’.

Othello is a wreck. He's watching Desdemona sleep, and telling himself over and over again that he has to go through with this. He promises he won't mar Desdemona's beautiful skin by cutting her up or anything—she'll be pretty in death.

About “Othello Act 5 Scene 2” Scene summary via Hudson Shakespeare Company: Othello, at the bed of the sleeping Desdemona, is overcome with love for her and declares that he will not harm her.

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