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Othello Essay Summary

1665 words - 7 pages

Iago’s Journal
Entry #1:
There is an unexplainable rage built up inside of me. A flame that never fails to burn within the depths of my heart. A hate, a bitter hate for a certain individual, a certain animal that is driving me mad. I’ve heard rumors that he’s slept with my wife and he handed over a lieutenant position to a young man who does not deserve to be there. Although I don’t know the rumors oh his affairs with my wife to be true, I am treating them as such. Due to his spite of me, I will use everyone and everything against him to ruin the entirety of his useless life. Othello, I will get vengeance on you. These words I speak are spoken in bitter hate. I hate the moor and I ...view middle of the document...

Some things must be done first before I may make this rumor believable in the eyes and ears of Othello.
Entry #4:
Last night, during Othello’s festivities, with perfect planning, I was able to orchestrate a quarrel between Cassio and the governor of Cyprus, Montano. By using Cassio’s poor brains for alcohol against him and by using my false promises of love to Roderigo in exchange for his instigation of the brawl, I was able to orchestrate this event. Cassio got drunk during the festivities and after much commotion, ended up stabbing Montano. Othello arose from bed and asked what had happened. I pleaded my innocence and proceeded to explain to Othello that I would tell the truth, but did not want to speak bad about Casio. Othello took what I had said for true and announced that Cassio was to be removed from his position. Step one of my plan in complete. I must continue to carefully weave my way through invoking conflict while still keeping my hands clean.
Entry 5:
I have given Cassio the advice to seek the restoration of his position not through Othello, but through Desdemona. I advised Cassio to ask Desdemona to beg Othello to give Cassio his position back because he is a good man and deserves it. But Desdemona will not know of the ideas that I am putting into Othello’s head about her affairs, making them that much more believable to Othello. This is going perfectly.

Entry #6:
I spoke with Othello in confidence today. I expressed to him my concerns about Cassio and Desdemona having an affair. We had seen them conversing in the garden and Cassio had run away. I pointed out to Othello that this is curious of a man who supposedly has nothing to hide. Although I will have to be persistent in filling him with cause for concern, the idea is now in his head. The seed has been planted where it can now grow into any devilish idea or ideas that his mind will allow. I am the tender of the garden in Othello’s mind though, and I intend on feeding this seed poison.
Entry #7:
From my wife Emilia, I have received the handkerchief which was given to the moor by Desdemona as a token of their love. This is an unexpected and extremely useful tool which I will use as visual evidence to further convince Othello of the affairs which I have suggested. I will find a way to get the handkerchief in the possession of Cassio and show to Othello that he has it. More planning that has to be done; elaborate planning.
Entry #8:
I spoke with Othello this morning. He was ripe with rage. He was in deep thought and when I approached him, he made his thoughts clear to me. He told me that I had no right to accuse his wife of being a whore unless I had physical proof. I told him I was sorry for being an honest, loyal friend. Brilliant. He then begged me to forgive him and to continue to be honest. I told him that Cassio had moaned Desdemona’s name in his sleep which led me to believe even more their dishonesty. I then went on to tell him that if it was physical...

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