Monday, September 14, 2015

Kendall Jordan and Andrew Butscher Othello Act 1 Summary Response Re-Do

Summary Response Outline

Summary: Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
Othello by William Shakespeare illustrates a story of revenge, jealousy, and the effect anger has on a person.
  • Supporting ideas to prove main ideas
Act One follows Iago and Roderigo as they each seek revenge on Othello. Iago desired the position as his lieutenant but Othello overlooked him and gave him a job as the “ancient.” Roderigo is in love with the beautiful Desdemona, who unfortunately happens to be Othello’s lover and wife.

  • Explanation of ideas
Both of the characters feel like they have been wronged by this man and they must have revenge upon him.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
The Moor betrays Iago and Roderigo unknowingly by taking away the position that Iago wanted and the girl that Roderigo loved.

Response: Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Othello by William Shakespeare portrays the results of anger and the extent one goes to get revenge because of jealousy due to hatred and beliefs.
  • Claim 1: Jealousy and anger are clearly shown in two different situations.
    • Set-up The main characters, Iago and Roderigo, both feel they have been cheated by Othello. Iago is jealous of a man named Cassio because Othello appointed Cassio to be his lieutenant, even though Iago was a much more experienced, loyal option. Iago states, “‘In personal suit to make me his lieutenant...For ‘Certes,’ says he, ‘I have already chose my officer’’” (Shakespeare 1.1 10-18).
    • Evidence: Iago desired a position of lieutenant to Othello, who was a great, Venetian commander. Instead of even considering Iago for the position, Othello chose Michael Cassio, a mathematician from Florence.
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim -  Iago felt betrayed and hurt, so he swore to get revenge on Othello.
  • Counterclaim 1: Iago appears to be a loyal and trustworthy servant to Othello throughout Act One.
    • Set-up Iago is Othello’s “ancient” and he must attend to him in battle. Therefore, he is very pleasant and friendly towards Othello. Although it may seem like he genuinely cares for Othello’s well-being, his kindness is just a part of his twisted plan to get revenge.
    • Evidence: Iago is trying to warn Othello about Brabantio wanting to divorce Othello and Desdemona. As Iago warns, “‘And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms against your Honor, that with the little godliness I have. Are you fast married? Be assured of this, that the magnifico is much beloved... As double as the Duke’s. He will divorce you...”  (Shakespeare 1.2 9-16).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim This warning seems kind and friendly, making Iago appear to have no disagreement with Othello.

  • What are the strengths/flaws of this argument? Rebuttal progression
A common view is that Iago is trustworthy and loyal to Othello. This position may seem reasonable because Iago and Othello seem to trust each other, but Iago is planning to use Othello’s trust against him. He plots how to manipulate Othello to give him the position he wants. Although Iago appears to be an ally to Othello, it is obvious he is doing nothing but wearing a mask.

  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
William Shakespeare’s Othello demonstrates how jealousy and anger can control a person’s life and the choices they make out of pure hatred.

Works Cited
Shakespeare, William. Othello. N.p.: Folger Shakespeare Library, 1993. Print.

1 comment:

  1. Concluding sentence should contain title and author.

    Make sure to expand explanation of counterclaim: explain quote and connect to the counterclaim point

    Expand rebuttal progression: spend more time proving your claim- validate what you proved earlier.