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Top 5 Othello Quotes

March 26, 2016

Top 5 Othello Quotes

Five crucial Othello quotes that you need to know.

Quote 1 - Iago

 "I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at; I am not what I am." (Act I, Scene I, lines 64-65)


In this opening scene, this quote is where Roderigo and Iago are discussing Desdemona and Othello. The deceptive Iago gives us an insight into his character and his plans; he plans to manipulate and deceive as it suits his motives.  This reveals to the audience that Iago is not trustworthy and Roderigo’s innocence.


Quote 2 - The Duke

 "To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on." (Act I, Scene III, lines 204-205)


The Duke is talking to Brabantio, Desdemona, and Othello. The Duke is trying to resolve issues between Brabantio and the couple as Brabantio has just publically disowned Desdemona. The balanced Duke is telling them that it's pointless to bear a grudge, and to leave it in the past

Quote 3 - Emilia

 "T'is neither here nor there." (Act IV, Scene III, line 58)


In this short vital scene, Desdemona and Emilia discuss husbands, marriage, and fidelity. Desdemona asks Emilia if she minds her crying. Emilia's response "T'is neither here nor there."   means that it doesn’t bother her.


Quote 4 - Emilia 

 "[w]ho would not make her husband a cuckold to make him a monarch?" (Act IV, Scene III, lines 74-75)

It’s meaning


This scene involves Emilia and Desdemona discussing marriage. Emilia indicates to Desdemona that she would consider cheating on her husband if she had something to gain from it. Desdemona can't is at a loss at this reasoning as she loves and is committed to her husband. This scene and quote between the two women highlights the differences their morality. Desdemona is characterized as virtuous and innocent throughout the play. The scene gives the audience an increased perception of Desdemona’s innocence and makes her death even more tragic.


Quote 5 - Othello 

"I kissed thee ere I killed thee, no way but this, Killing myself, to die upon a kiss." (Act V, Scene II, lines 359-360)


It’s meaning


Othello speaks to his murdered wife, he kissed her before he smothered her and he kisses her one final time before killing himself. Othello is speaking poetically about his love and relationship with Desdemona. He speaks about his jealously that killed Desdemona. He speaks that if he had never loved or kissed her then she never would have died. Othello then kisses her again and kills himself, as his personal repentance.

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