Othello Quotes Acts 2&3

“Welcome, mistress./ Let it not gall your patience, good Iago,/ That I extend my manners; ’tis my breeding/ That gives me this bold show of courtesy” (II.i. 96-99) CassioCassio shows he is a gentleman, unlike IagoHis politeness will be an easy target for Iago to use in his plan later
“He takes by the palm. Ay, well/ said, whisper. With as little a web as this I will ensnare/ as great fly as Cassio. Ay, smile upon her, do” (II.i. 167-169) IagoThis will probably go as planCassio’s politeness helps Iago
“Make the Moor thank me, love me, and reward me,/ For making egregiously an ass,/ And practicing upon his peace and quiet/ Even to madness.” (II.i. 308-311) IagoHe will set up the affair between Cassio and Desdemona, and Othello will look like a foolIago soon convinces Othello and he becomes crazy
“I have very poor/ and unhappy brains for drinking. I could well wish/ courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment” (II.iii. 33-36) CassioHe doesn’t drink a lotHe becomes drunk, hurts Montano, and is stepped down as lieutentant
“You see this fellow that is gone before:/ He’s a soldier it to stand by Caesar/ And give direction; and do but see his vice… ‘Tis evermore (the) prologue to his sleep” (II.iii. 121-123, 129) IagoCassio gets drunk so much it makes him fall asleepIago is lying and continuing to ruin Cassio’s reputation
What’s the matter/ That you unlace your reputation thus,/ And spend your rich opinion for the name/ Of a night-blawer?” (II.iii. 193-196) OthelloWhat is the matter? Who is responsible for the riot?He finds that Cassio “caused” the riot and fires him
“Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have/ lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of/ myself and what remains is bestial” (II.iii. 261-265) CassioHe is upset that his reputation is ruinedCassio’s reputation might be more ruined with the affair
“I’ll pour this pestilence into his ear- / That she repeals him for her body’s lust,/ And by how much she strives to do him good,/ She shall undo her credit with the Moor” (II.iii. 356-359) IagoConvince Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affairHe convinces Othello to the point where he’s crazy
“My lord shall never rest,/ I’ll watch him tame, and talk him out of patience;/ His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift,/ I’ll intermingle every thing he does/ With Cassio’s suit” (III.iii. 22-26) DesdemonaTrying to fix Othello and Cassio’s relationship Leading into Iago’s plan
“Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it,/ That he would steal away so guilty-like,/ Seeing you coming” (III.iii. 38-40) IagoHe is changing Othello’s perception of Cassio and dropping hints of the affairThe pieces soon all add up together
“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!/ It is the green eyed monster which doth mock/ The meat it feeds on” (III.iii. 165-167) IagoBe careful because jealousy will take overHe is already eaten up by jealousy from the beginning of the story
“She did deceive her father. Marrying you,/ And when she seem’d to shake and fear your looks,/ She lov’d them most” (III.iii. 206-208) IagoSaying she might be lying because she lied to BarbantioBarbantio said something similar at the beginning
“O curse of marriage! That we can call these delicate creatures ours/ And not their appetites!” (III.iii. 268-270) OthelloWe own women, and we can’t control them from liking someone elseAngry about the thought of Desdemona liking Cassio
“I had been happy, if the general camp/ Pioneers and all, had tasted her sweet body,/ So I had nothing known” (III. iii. 345-347) OthelloDesdemona could’ve slept with the whole camp and he wouldn’t care if he didn’t know about. But the thought of her sleeping with Cassio hurts him the most.At this point, the “affair” is bothering him to where he’s having seizures
“They are all but stomachs, and we are all food;/ They eat us hungerly, and when they are full/ They belch us” (III. iv. 104-105) EmiliaTo men, women are just thingsIago doesn’t treat Emilia rightMen were in charge of women at the time
“But jealious souls will not be answer’d so;/ They are not ever jealious for the cause,/ But jealious for the jealious. It’s a monster/ Begot upon itself, born itself” (III. iv. 159-162) EmiliaJealousy breeds on jealousyShe noticed Othello being jealous, and jealousy could continue
“I know not, neither; I found it in my chamber./ I like the work well; ere it be demanded/ (As like enough it will) I would have it copied” (III. iv. 188-190) CassioTells Bianca to make a copy of Desdemona’s handkerchiefIt is then found by Emilia, gave it to Iago to hide it in Cassio’s room

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