Thursday, September 10, 2015

Othello Act 1 Summary Response (Tessa Duryea and Mallory Gueller)

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
The first act of William Shakespeare’s “Othello” undoubtedly illustrates that not everyone is who say they are.
  • Supporting ideas and explanations to prove main ideas
In the first act, the reader clearly sees that Iago’s only purpose in the story is to get revenge at Othello for making him an ensign instead of a lieutenant, like Cassio.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
In the first act, William Shakespeare depicts the masks  that Iago wears around different people, in order to get revenge from the perceived betrayal from Othello.

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays) because
The first act in Othello written by William Shakespeare correctly acknowledges Iago’s revenge plot against Othello, because he is truly himself only when he is alone.  

  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up
When Iago is by himself, his true self is clearly visible to the reader.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
As the reader sees Iago’s true self is revealed when everyone left him alone at the end of act 1. Iago express his true feelings when he says “He holds me well. The better shall my purpose work on him. Cassio’s a proper man. Let me see how: To get his place and plume up my will. In double knavery-How? how?- Let’s see. After some time, to abuse Othello’s [ear] That he is too familiar  with his wife. He hath a person and a smooth dispose To be suspected, frame make women false. The Moor is of free and open nature That thinks that me are honest but seem to be so, And will as tenderly be led by th’ nose as asses are,” (Shakespeare 1-3-433-445).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
This shows that Iago is able to pretend to be his true self with Rodrigo to use him for both money and someone to place the blame on. Iago is also able to make Othello believe that he isn’t a bad person by acting like his best friend.
  • Counterclaim 1: However,  some may insist that Iago shows his true self around Rodrigo.
    • Set-up
As Rodrigo obtains the knowledge of Othello’s union to Desdemona, he seeks comfort with Iago.    
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )Iago informs Rodrigo of his woes, claiming that, “O sir, content you, I follow him to serve my term upon him…” (Shakespeare 1.1 44-45).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim  Iago essentially lets Rodrigo in on his rebuttal to this treachery.
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? (use rebuttal progression language)
At first glance many believe that Iago is genuinely interested in Rodrigo’s love life. We cannot deny that he does indeed help Rodrigo out, but it is more complex than that. Iago is putting on many masks around different people in order to be able to use them. At the end of the first act, he gives a long monologue about how he made a fool his purse.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
The first act play Othello by William Shakespeare, confirms that when Iago is alone, it is the only time in which he is truly himself.

1 comment:

  1. Good summary, but no opinion in your summary.

    Good response, but your response topic sentence should focus on a big idea rather than a plot element. Your claim/counterclaim quotation explanations need more development. Make sure not to use phrases such as "this shows"- instead just start interpreting-. Make sure to explain enough in the set-up of what is occurring in the quote- it seems as though you are leaving a lot for reader interpretation. 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.
    Spell Roderigo correctly.Cite quotes correctly.