Thursday, September 10, 2015

Kendall Jordan and Andy Butscher Othello Summary Response

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 had desired the position as his lieutenant but Othello completely overlooked him. He gave him a job as the “ancient,” or servant. 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. Along with Brabantio, they start to attack Othello with racist and prejudiced remarks.
  • 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. They are determined to seek revenge on him and they will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Response: Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Othello by William Shakespeare correctly 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. “‘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: “‘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 In this passage, Iago is trying to warn Othello about Brabantio wanting to divorce Othello and Desdemona. 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
It does seem as though Iago is trustworthy, but he is planning to use Othello’s trust against him. Iago notices how much trust Othello has of everyone, so he acts like he is a true follower of Othello to gain his trust. He soon plots how to manipulate Othello to give him the position he wants.

  • 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. Although Iago appears to be an ally to Othello, it is obvious he is doing nothing but wearing a mask.

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

1 comment:

  1. Good summary- a little less detail and more time spent on conclusion.( tie back to title and author). It should also be one sentence.

    Good response. Spend more time on setting up situation of quotations as well as you are missing a lead in to your quotation. Your claim/counterclaim quotation explanations need more development. Make sure not to use phrases such as "in this passage"- instead just start interpreting-. Also, make sure to use strong verbs. Push forward thinking in your rebuttal. Use the rebuttal progression model to help you in this process.

    Concluding sentence: It should also be one sentence.
    You have good components- we just need to polish this up.