Imagery and Motifs in Othello Act V Scene II
This analysis focuses on the use of images and motifs in Act V Scene II of Shakespeare's Othello. Specifically, it examines Othello's exalted
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Slide1Read Act V Scene II1. Work on assigned Images and Motifs 2. When Othello comes to kill Desdemona, he refers to her in exalted Petrarchan imagery (woman being chaste and virtuous, therefore unattainable) describing her skin as white as “snow / And smooth as monumental alabaster" (4- 5). Answer the following questions for question 2: – What is the significance of his constant references to putting out the light? – Why does he want her to pray and why does he refuse to kill her “unprepared spirit”? (31). – How does he rationalize killing Desdemona?
Slide2Read Act V Scene II3. Why does Desdemona blame herself even for her own death? What is Emilia‟s attitude to Othello and his actions? Explain how Othello finally learns the truth of what has happened between Desdemona and Cassio. 4. Why does Emilia defy Iago‟s attempts to silence her? What is the significance of Iago‟s killing of her? 5. What other information does Gratiano bring from Venice? Lodovico produces a couple of letters found in Roderigo‟s pocket. What does each of them say?
Slide3Read Act V Scene II6. Explain Othello‟s speech (258-281). 7. How does Othello attempt to regain his nobility? 8. Why is he unable to kill Iago? 9. How does Iago remain evil until the end? 10. What images does Othello insist represent him best? Why do you think he chooses these images? "The base Indian" who cannot tell the worth of a pearl? (356) An "Arabian tree"? A man who killed a Turk for beating a Venetian, or the "circumcised dog" who beat the Venetian?