Friday, September 11, 2015

Othello Summary Response Connor P. and Kiennes Adams

Othello Act 1 Summary Response
Connor Peterson and Kiennes Adams


Summary:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
    • Othello Act 1, written by William Shakespeare, demonstrates how many “masks” people can wear to disguise themselves.
  • Supporting ideas to prove main idea
    • In Act 1 of Othello, Iago says ‘“Thus do I ever make my fool my purse: For I mine own gain'd knowledge should profane, If I would time expend with such a snipe. But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor...”’ (Shakespeare 1.3 426-429).
  • Explanation of ideas
    • Iago made Roderigo and Othello both believe that he was their friend but in reality, he hates Othello and is using Roderigo. All Roderigo is to Iago is a pawn in his plan to take revenge on Othello. When Iago is around both Othello and Roderigo, he puts on a different “mask” to hide his real intentions. Iago does this convincingly enough that Roderigo and Othello don’t seem to suspect that they are being played at all.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
    • William Shakespeare clearly portrays the use of “masks” in Act 1 of Othello by devising a character who appears to deceive and cheat to get what he wants.

Response:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
    • Othello Act 1, written by William Shakespeare, correctly portrays the many “masks” people wear to hide their true selves and motives because Iago is extremely deceptive and manipulates Roderigo and Othello.

  • Claim 1
    • Set-up: Through Act 1 of Othello, Shakespeare indicates the “masks” people wear through Iago, a jealous character in the play. Iago is convinced that he deserves to be Othello’s lieutenant and will trick people to take revenge on Othello. Iago wears “masks” of friendship, nobility, and a certain hatred throughout Act 1 when around different audiences.
    • Evidence: Iago reveals his plan for revenge when he states, “...and it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets he has done my office. I know not if’t be true, but I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety.” (Shakespeare 1.3 430-433)
    • Explanation: Iago has many reasons for wanting to destroy Othello. To be able to take revenge he needs to be trusted by Othello and needs a “mask” to hide his true intentions.
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ....
    • Set-up: However, people can show their true selves in the right circumstances.
    • Evidence: At the end of Act 1, Iago says, “To get his place and to plume up my will In double knavery--How, how? Let's see: After some time, to abuse Othello's earn that he is too familiar with his wife. He hath a person and a smooth dispose to be suspected, framed to make women false. The Moor is of a free and open nature, that thinks men honest that but seem to be so, and will as tenderly be led by the nose as asses are” (Shakespeare 1.3 436-445)
    • Explanation: In this case, Iago shows his true self to the audience of Othello.
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument?
    • At first glance, it may seem that people show their true colors to everyone. This seems reasonable in the sense that Iago lies very well and has a motive for this deception. While this view seems plausible at first glance, we should look closer at Iago’s actions and the reasons he might be making these choices. Iago says he hates Othello but only says that when he is not around Othello. He also mentions that he is using Roderigo to take revenge on Othello, but only when Roderigo is not around. Iago is hiding behind his deceptive “mask” as he continues with his plot to destroy Othello.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
    • Act 1 of Shakespeare’s Othello is an example of how people construct “masks” to hide their true intentions and motives because Iago deceives Roderigo and Othello, so he manipulate them to exact revenge on Othello.

1 comment:

  1. Good summary- there should be no quotations in your summary as it should be a summary in your own words as to the main idea. Punctuate title correctly.

    Good response. Spend more time on setting up situation of quotations; double check your citations as they are incorrectly formatted.. Your claim/counterclaim quotation explanations need a lot more development. Also, make sure to use strong verbs. Push forward thinking in your rebuttal. Use the rebuttal progression model to help you in this process.

    Concluding sentence: It should also be one sentence.
    You have good components- we just need to polish this up.

    15/20

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