Iago

3.3.368-378

I will in Cassio’s lodging lose this napkin,

And let him find it. Trifles light as air

Are to the jealous confirmations strong

As proofs of holy writ: this may do something.

The Moor already changes with my poison:

Dangerous conceits are, in their natures, poisons.

Which at the first are scarce found to distaste,

But with a little act upon the blood.

Burn like the mines of Sulphur. I did say so:

Look, where he comes!

 

I will leave Desdemona’s handkerchief in Cassio’s room

And let him find it. Small tokens

Are strong triggers to jealous men

As proof on God: something is not right.

Othello is already distraught with my scheme:

Trickery is is my sheme.

At first nobody notices them

But when you cross the line.

People get hurt and confused. I say:

Here he comes!

Iago gives a small summary of his plan. He wants to use Desdemona’s handkerchief to trick Othello into thinking Cassio is having an affair with her. Iago tells us of the power of jealousy. This is one of the main tipping points for Othello since he falls right into Iago’s trap.

 

Othello

5.2.397-406

Soft you; a word or two before you go.

I have done the state some service, and they know’t.

No more of that. I pray you, in your letters,

When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,

Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,

Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak

Of one that loved not wisely but too well;

Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought

Perplex’d in the extreme.

 

Hold on; A word before you go.

I have worked for the country for a long time, and they know it.

No more. I beg you, In letters,

When you realise the misfortune I have endured

Speak of me as I am; no exageration,

Nor should you speak ill of me: then you must remember

Me as one who passionately loved.

Not a lover of jealousy, but one who was wronged

Terribly wronged.

 

Othello asks his peers how to remember him after he has died. To remember him as noble and respectable man. He also asks to be remembered as a good husband who was tricked and wronged. 

 

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