10 Matching Annotations
  1. Mar 2024
    1. Witness that here Iago doth give upThe execution of his wit, hands, heart,To wronged Othello’s service. Let him command,And to obey shall be in me remorse,What bloody business ever

      Iago has fully vowed himself to this plot that he has created, perhaps even if it means it will destroy him. Why? What is his motive? Does simply the creation of an entertaining story constitute the meaning of life?

    2. The Moor already changes with my poison.Dangerous conceits are in their natures poisonsWhich at the first are scarce found to distaste,But with a little act upon the bloodBurn like the mines of sulfur

      Describing how Iago's act was very little, but turned dramatic due to to perhaps everyone's love for drama

    3. In the meantime,Let me be thought too busy in my fears—As worthy cause I have to fear I am—And hold her free, I do beseech your honor

      He plays both sides, the suspicion and the "no it couldn't be", showing that it is Othello that chooses the suspicion.

    4. Though I perchance am vicious in my guess,As, I confess, it is my nature’s plagueTo spy into abuses, and oft my jealousyShapes faults that are not, that your wisdom,From one that so imperfectly conceits,Would take no notice, nor build yourself a trouble

      IAGO QUITE LITERALLY IS HONEST WITH OTHELLO! He warns him that these suspicions, these inner thoughts are all a delusion, and yet Othello's insecurity and stubbornness refuses to believe it

    5. And what’s he then that says I play the villain?When this advice is free I give and honest,Probal to thinking and indeed the courseTo win the Moor again?

      even he states, what has he seriously done, but to carry words here and there, to incite what's already there?

    6. That we should, with joy, pleasance revel and applause,transform ourselves into beasts!

      Touches on innocence, free will and lack of constraint, lack of morality, lack of humanity == Blake's innocence == protection from Iago

    7. You are but now cast inhis mood, a punishment more in policy than in malice

      Yet again stating the intentions of everyone in just wariness of their reputation and pride

    8. You have lost no reputation at all unless yourepute yourself such a loser.

      Again example why he is a creator: Free will.

    9. Tis pride that pulls the country down,Then take thine auld cloak about thee.Some wine, ho

      Iago is directly stating, or singing, while all are under his curse, that it is pride that pulls each down -- and he is merely showing its effects. Kind of 4th wall

    10. That may offend the isle. But here they come.If consequence do but approve my dreamMy boat sails freely, both with wind and stream.

      He speaks as if he is playing a strategic game of chess. He is the gamemaster, Shakespeare himself, the comedic clown that turns everything upside down.