Sunday, October 4, 2015

Summary Response Othello act 5

Summary Response Othello act 5

Summary:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
Shakespeare's Othello confronts the idea that no non-biological bonds are strong enough to withstand the crushing forces of lies and betrayal.
  • Supporting ideas to prove main ideas
Marriage is widely considered the strongest version of a non biological connection between two people, Shakespeare repeatedly demonstrates that the bond created by joining hands in marriage is not strong enough to withstand in opposition to lies and betrayal.
  • Explanation of ideas
Both eloped couples are destroyed. Othello, Desdemona, and Emilia all die because of the betrayal and lies that they allowed to poison their marriages.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
The events portrayed in the final act of Othello undoubtedly prove that the strength of the bond created between a married couple is far inferior to the strength of lies and betrayal.

Response:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Shakespeare's Othello correctly portrays the crushing effects of lies and betrayal even on the strongest of bonds, even marriage is not a strong enough institution to defy lies and betrayal.
  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up
Othello and Desdemona's marriage was crumbled because of a lie that was fed to Othello by the manipulative Iago.The marriage between Iago and Emilia was destroyed because of what Iago perceives as an act of betrayal.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
After Othello kills Desdemona, Emilia explains the falseness that lead to the murder when she says,  “If he say so, may his pernicious soul
Rot half a grain a day! He lies to th' heart.
She was too fond of her most filthy bargain.” (Shakespeare 5.2.190-195)
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
Emilias unveiling of Iago's lie following the murder illustrates the crippling effects of a lie within a marriage, this tremendous loss resulting from Iago's actions proves how infectious lies and betrayal are to a marriage.


  • Counterclaim 1: However, .... Although Desdemona's death could be interpreted as a result of lies and betrayal, it was actually just a misunderstanding that was escalated by othello's trustworthiness and personality. Marriage can withstand lies and betrayal.
    • Set-up
Othello was mislead about Desdemona's intentions and his harsh and intense personality is what caused him to murder Desdemona, not the lie that Iago conceived.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
This is proven by Othello's reaction after he finds out Desdemona was faithful, “From the possession of this heavenly sight!
Blow me about in winds, roast me in sulfur,
Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire!—
Oh, Desdemona! Desdemona! dead! Oh! Oh!”

    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim
This regret from Othello proves that the lie wasn’t what ruined the marriage, Othello's false assumptions and trustworthy nature, as well as his intense personality are what caused this tragedy.
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? Use the rebuttal progression
It is a common thought that marriage can withstand anything if two people love each other the marriage can withstand lies and betrayal, This position seems reasonable because of Othello and Desdemona's seemingly unconditional commitment to each other and it could simply be the result of a misunderstanding and a character flaw the Desdemona died. At closer glance it becomes clear that lies and betrayal have the power to destroy even marriage. In act 5 scene 2 Emilia allegedly betrays her husband Iago by revealing how Cassio gained possession of the handkerchief. She says, “He begged of me to steal it” and he then calls her a, “villainous whore” (Shakespeare 5.2. 270-275) This is soon followed by her murder. This betrayal resulted in Iago killing Emilia despite the promises they made to each other at the alter. The power of the promises made in a marriage is not comparable to the extreme power  of lies and betrayal.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
Overall, Shakespeare's Othello proves that even the strongest of non- biological bonds cannot withstand the crushing power of lies and betrayal.