Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Summary Response Outline
Othello Act 4
Summary:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
  • In Act 4 of Othello, by Shakespeare, Iago begins to lose control of his plans of revenge on Othello and Cassio.
  • Supporting ideas and explanations to prove main ideas
  • His plans are still unknown to other characters and he seems to be surprised by others’ reactions. For instance, When Othello said, “How shall I murder him, Iago,” (Shakespeare 4.1.188-189), Iago seemed generally surprised. He had not anticipated Othello to take his contrived proof of Cassio sleeping with Desdemona this far.  
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
  • Iago begins to realize consequences of his actions, and his plan starts crumbling.

Response:
  • Topic sentence: title, author,correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays___(Main Idea)________ because ___________ .
  • In act four of Othello, by William Shakespeare, the idea that one should never be too trusting is properly conveyed through the characters’ opinions of Iago.
  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up
    • When in doubt, all characters sought aid from Iago. Roderigo, Lodovico, Othello and Cassio all trust him. Desdemona, after being mistreated for reasons unknown to her by Othello, asks Iago,
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (Shakespeare 1.2.13-17).
    • “Alas, Iago, what shall I do to win my lord again?” (Shakespeare 4.2.175-176)
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim: explain quote, connect to claim
    • Although Iago was secretly responsible for her mistreatment, Desdemona had gone to him second, just after her maid.
  • Counterclaim 1: However, it is not that people were trusting, but that Iago was a convenient character.
    • Set-up
    • People asked him not because he was their most trusted advisor, but he simply was there. They probably asked other people for their opinions, but, being a good scriptwriter, Shakespeare used as few characters as possible. When Othello was thrown into an epileptic fit by Iago, then watched Cassio talk about an unknown woman (Bianca), his only reaction was,
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation”
    • “How shall I murder him, Iago,” (Shakespeare 4.1.188-189)
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim: explain quote, connect to claim
    • Othello never checked his facts, or talked to other people. He only listened to Iago. I would bet that if Othello consulted anybody before Iago, he would not believe Iago.
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? (use rebuttal progression language)
    • Not many think that Iago is untrusted but convenient, but evidence clearly states that Iago is well known and trusted.  Lodovico had trusted him from unknown reasons, probably for previous experiences. Iago has clearly never pulled a stunt of this scale before. However, characters could have consulted other people than Iago.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
In Othello, Shakespeare demonstrates the dangers of being over-trusting through the actions of Desdemona, Roderigo, Lodovico, Othello and Cassio and their interactions with Iago.

1 comment:

  1. Summary: topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea; main ideas explained and supported- attribute ideas back to author ( no quotations!); concluding sentence: restate title, author, strong verb, main idea;

    Response: title, author, position main idea and why- why aren't you following these strategies??; set up, lead in, and citations- need to be redone; explanations of quotations: explain quote, connect to claim/counterclaim; rebuttal: follow progression; concluding sentence: title, author, position, main idea and a why

    Need to spend more time developing ideas and explaining thoughts.

    REDO

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