Othello: Act 3, 4, 5 Quotes

“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy. It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on…” Iago to OthelloIago introduces the idea of jealousy into Othello’s head
“Why did I marry? This honest creature doubtless sees and knows more, much more than he unfolds.” Othello in aside (soliloquy)This is exactly what Iago wants him to think; othello think Iago knows more than he is telling him, which makes othello uncertain
“I am glad I have found this napkin. This was her first remembrance from the Moor.” Emilia alone to herselfWhen she finds the handkerchief and her husband (Iago) has been trying to get her to steal and she’s afraid of her husband and ends up doing things she doesn’t want to
“Farewell! Othello’s occupation’s gone.” Othello to Iago Othello talks in third person and he’s beside himself and crazed; Iago played with his mind and Othello is all worked up about his job
“My is dead; ’tis done at your request. But let her live.” Iago to OthelloIago says he’ll take the job of killing Cassio and pretends that he wants Desdemona to live but he doesn’t want her to. Iago is the worst villain and uses reverse psychology on Othello
“O Cassio, whence came this? This is some token from a newer friend. To the felt absence now I feel a cause…” Bianca to CassioCassio gives Biance the handkerchief and he has not seen her because he’s been worked up about his job. Biance still takes the handkerchief
“Faith, I have heard too much, for your words and performances are no kin together.” Roderigo to Iago(Kin meaning related) Roderigo is the first person to express serious doubts about Iago’s actions and behavior; Roderigo is suspicious
“The ills we do, their ills instruct us so.” Emilia to DesdemonaThey both have opposite outlooks on morality; Emilia explains women learn bad things from their husbands
“Now, whether he kills Cassio or Cassio him, or each do kill the other, every way makes my gain.” Iago in soliloquy Iago is getting lucky with how things are playing out/everything’s going his way; he now feels he cannot trust Roderigo
“O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!” Roderigo to IagoSays this when Iago stabs him and realizes how bad he really is
“Nobody; I myself. Farewell.” Desdemona to EmiliaSays this when she is dying and tells Emilia she is the one that killed herself; Desdemona dies after saying this
“I told him what I thought, and told no more than what he found himself was apt and true.” Iago to Emilia Talking about all the murders and cheating and him not necessarily admitting to being an awful person to othello and others; Iago acting oblivious
“Of one that loved not wisely but too well; of one not easily jealous but, being wrought, perplexed in the extreme…” Othello to everyone in the bedroomSays this before he kills himself and says that he loved too much and it hurt him in the end; this is when he realizes he has been played

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