Thursday, September 10, 2015

Summary Response Outline: Hunter Johnson and Zoe Conley

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
    • In Othello,  Shakespeare depicts how jealousy and betrayal affect one’s thoughts and relationships.
  • Supporting ideas and explanations to prove main ideas
    • Iago and Roderigo plot revenge on Othello for he had married Rodrigo's love, Desdemona,  and did not give Iago the promotion he deserved. To stir up commotion, they call upon Desdemona’s father to tell him that the moor has abused his daughter. Desdemona’s father goes to the duke to argue his complaint.
    • Iago is willing to betray a man who he has fought in battle with and formerly would trust him with his life, because of a small mistake.
    • Rodrigo is willing to do anything to a man he just met for a girl who does nothing for him.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
    • Jealousy and betrayal are dangerous qualities that can lead to a damaged  relationship if one is not careful, and in Othello, Shakespeare shows how this can happen.


  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb,correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays___________ because ___________ .
  • Othello, by William Shakespeare correctly portrays that jealousy can have an effect on a relationship, because it can lead to betrayal.
  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up
    • Iago, after not receiving the promotion that he deserves, was jealous of Cassio, for he had received that promotion. He has blamed Othello for his jealousy.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation”
    • Iago himself stated that, “ Three great ones of the city, In personal suit to make me his (Othello) lieutenant, off-capped to him; and, by the faith of man, I know my price, I am worth no worse a place.” (Shakespeare 1.1.10-13).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim: explain quote, connect to claim
    • Iago expresses how fit he was for the position, and how he felt that Othello had betrayed him.  
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ... One may think that Iago is seeking revenge on Othello, but he is actually seeking revenge on Cassio, and thinks that he can achieve this through Othello.
    • Set-up
    • As Iago tries to blame Othello for his anger, he truly shares his rage against Cassio. He described Cassio as,
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation”
    • “... a great arithmetician, One Michael Cassio, a Florentine, A fellow almost damned in a fair wife, That never set a squadron in the field” (Shakespeare 1.1.20-23).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim: explain quote, connect to claim
    • Iago believes that Cassio should manage the troops, and he should lead them. But Othello though otherwise. Iago may be slightly angry at Othello, but his true anger resides with Cassio
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? (use rebuttal progression language)
    • At first glance, Iago may seem to blame Cassio for the loss of his position,  but he make it clear that he is extremely angry at Othello. We can not deny that Iago is jealous of Cassio, but he has made no offence to Cassio.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
    • Through Iago is jealous of Cassio, Iago plans on betraying Othello,  and Iago would normally be trusted by Othello, but do to his actions, this is no more.

1 comment:

  1. Good work on your summary: spell Roderigo correctly.

    Make sure to cite quotes correctly; your counterclaim is correct. Spend more time explaining what the quote says then connecting it to the point of the claim/counterclaim- you are too quick with this. I am not sure if you are not setting up your counterclaim correctly or the explanation doesn't make sense, but that needs to be fixed.

    Need a more well developed rebuttal.

    Conclusion should connect back to title, author and topic sentence.