Othello Literary Devices

“And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms” (I.ii.9). Alliteration (s)
“To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on” (I.i.123-127). Alliteration (m)
“Because we come to do you service and you think we are ruffians, you’ll have YOUR DAUGHTER COVERED WITH A BARBARY HORSE and you’ll have your nephews neigh to you, you’ll have coursers for cousins and jennets for germans” (I.i.123-127). (Calling them horses/animals) Metaphor-Desdemona will be underneath Othello having sex
“Even now, now very now an OLD BLACK RAM IS TUPPING YOUR WHITE EWE” Othello and Desdemona (racist, symbolizes Des being pure. Ewe=female sheep) Metaphor-Othello is having sex with your pure daughter
“By Janus, I think no” (I.ii38). (Janus- a Roman God with two faces) Allusion to a Roman God with two faces
“Sir, you are one of those that will not serve God if the Devil bid you” (I.i.122-123). Allusion to God and the devil
“‘Twas pitiful, ’twas wondrously pitiful” (I.ii.186). (Othello) Oxymoron
“Look to her, Moor, if thor hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father and may thee” (I.iii.333-334). (foreshadowing deception) Foreshadowing of Desdemona lying to her husband
“The bloody book of law” (I.iii. 80-81). Personification and Alliteration
“It is silliness to live when to live is forment and then we have a prescription to die when death is our physician.” (I.iii.350-353). Personification using life and death
“I know my price, I am worth no worse a place” (Act 1 Scene 1, 13) Motivation for Iago’s anger
And it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets ‘has done my office” (Act 1 Scene 3, 430) Motivation for Iago to get back at Cassio for sleeping with his wife
“I am not what I am” (Act 1 Scene 1, 72) Paradox-Iago is two-faced
“The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief;” (I. iii. 238-239 Paradox–Iago has been “robbed” of his position, so he’ll steal Cassio’s position.
“Honest Iago” (I.ii.336). Epithet and oxymoron
“A man he is of honest and trust” (I.iii.331). (Othello about Iago) Dramatic Irony
“Your son-in-law is far more fair than black” (I.iii. 333) (Duke to Brabantio) Pun on the word “black”.

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