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  1. Apr 2024
    1. And have not we affections,Desires for sport, and frailty, as men have?Then let them use us well, else let them know,The ills we do, their ills instruct us so

      Firstly, sort of an allusion to Adam and Eve, since Eve is built of Adam, so what Adam has is inherited or learnt by Eve. Secondly, she is one of the first characters to accept their vices, and therefore be immune or unbelieving to the devil (Iago's whispers). She sees him not as a honest man.

    2. Fie, there is no such man. It is impossible

      Maybe he is right, in the sense that he is not a man who could scheme something like this. It is simply Othello's choice to follow suspicion that led him to this. It is impossible for someone to scheme it up.

  2. Mar 2024
    1. Alas, thrice-gentle Cassio,My advocation is not now in tune.

      The fact that Desdemona is sometimes represented as divinity, as a guardian angel, shows that the fact that Othello is rejecting her advocation shows he is falling into his devil, into his inner Iago -- he is losing touch with God, with righteousness (while ironically thinking he is doing the right thing by being civil)

    2. Arise, black vengeance, from the hollow hell!Yield up, O love, thy crown and hearted throneTo tyrannous hate! Swell, bosom, with thy fraught,For ’tis of aspics' tongues

      He speaks as if he is demonic, possessed, as if he has dual souls living inside of him... maybe he does. And all Iago did was play with his unstable convictions until his demon shows.

    3. As Dian’s visage, is now begrimed and blackAs mine own face.

      He sees himself as impure, and prone to error, and wrong. This is where it all starts, inner darkness.

    4. Nay, yet there’s more in this.I prithee speak to me as to thy thinkings,As thou dost ruminate, and give thy worst of thoughtsThe worst of words

      Iago has not elaborated or said much, it is Othello who is prying deeper and deeper into "knowing" what he should not, into peering into something that would disturb his peace. This connects to Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience. It is then Othello's fault for looking for answers to his suspicions which he confirms with confirmation bias.

    5. Think, my lord?

      He acts as an echo, and an echo is simply just a reaffirmation, a suspicion being ingrained, a hallucination

    6. O thou invisible spirit of wine, ifthou hast no name to be known by, let us call theedevil!

      Iago forced the drinks on him, and therefore he is the "devil" and yet, Iago has done nothing but let normal events carry out, because the devil is in Cassio himself, and in everyone. Does the wine signifying Jesus's blood mean anything for this?

    7. Nor know I aughtBy me that’s said or done amiss this nigh

      That is the problem, the fact that nobody can acknowledge their inner darkness, that is why it comes out in the most unpredictable and manipulative ways (Iago)

    8. Are we turned Turks?

      Othello describes this chaos as Turks, as the foreign, as the other, as the out-group. This means he prizes his in-group due to their civility and restraint -- in other words their ability to maintain composure for the sake of pride. The rejection of the inner demon only creates more destruction (Inferior Function)

    9. Perhaps he sees it not, or his good naturePrizes the virtue that appears in CassioAnd looks not on his evils. Is not this true?

      He will eventually turn on Cassio, so he will see his evils, but he not until the end will see Iago's evils, because perhaps Iago is a part of each, and pride is what covers them from accepting and admitting their inner evils.

    10. Make the Moor thank me, love me, and reward meFor making him egregiously an assAnd practicing upon his peace and quietEven to madness.

      Have the moor thank him for his own destruction -- because it is him who will destroy himself and simply the ignition of his motivations that drives him to do so.

    11. without the which there were no expectation ofour prosperity.

      "Our prosperity signifies that he is both sidling up to his characters in his grand puppet show and actually a integral part of them literally. He has the same motivations as each of the characters, only he is helping all of them achieve their most sinister goals

    12. Well.

      Simply considering, helpless to his inner suspicions that rule him (Iago) ... It is all just our inner paranoia that causes conflict -- aka. our inner Iago

    13. Doyou find some occasion to anger Cassio, either byspeaking too loud, or tainting his discipline, or fromwhat other course you please, which the time shall morefavorably minister

      Notice Iago doesn't actually do anything terrible. He is simply the whisper in each's ear that causes the storyline to unfold in whatever manner -- he is barely a presence. In this case, he is the inner devil (on the shoulder) of each of the characters.. no?

  3. Sep 2023