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  1. Apr 2024
    1. She loved me for the dangers I had passed,And I loved her that she did pity them.

      Ironic because they see (Desdemona) sees tragedy as his heroism and his appeal, the pity she has on him. And yet he only turns more pitiful because he passes more and more tragedies later on. Desdemona is even more of an angel then. Cradling the child of a devil

    2. Nobody. I myself. Farewel

      Is this Shakespeare condemning the unjust nature of women having to take the blame for all -- or an emphasis on her angelic and merciful nature, juxtaposed with Iago's devil persona?

    3. In troth, I think thou wouldst not

      Why is she refuting Emilia's answer? What does this say about her, or people in general -- that they will not listen to one another?

    4. Why, by making him uncapable of Othello’s place:knocking out his brains.

      If Iago is reason, and Roderigo seeks reason, and Iago is the cause of all this destruction, then it should be said that the human need for reason (which crushes emotion) is what brings downfall. Logic is what has cut off Othello's motivation (heart). Iago is the personalization of human reason

  2. Mar 2024
    1. As like enough it will, I would have it copied.Take it and do ’t, and leave me for this time.

      Copying = Creating the semblance, but not real, love between Cassio and Desdemona?

    2. Alas, thrice-gentle Cassio,My advocation is not now in tune.

      The fact that Desdemona is sometimes represented as divinity, as a guardian angel, shows that the fact that Othello is rejecting her advocation shows he is falling into his devil, into his inner Iago -- he is losing touch with God, with righteousness (while ironically thinking he is doing the right thing by being civil)

    3. This hand of yours requiresA sequester from liberty, fasting, and prayer,Much castigation, exercise devout,For here’s a young and sweating devil here,That commonly rebels. 'Tis a good hand,A frank one

      How he is describing her as honest to her heart, but not so much civil. That she would lie to Brabantio for her passions, and would therefore lie to Othello for Cassio -- that he doesn't value honesty but values civility.

    4. Therefore be merry, Cassio,For thy solicitor shall rather dieThan give thy cause away.

      Desdemona is foreshadowing her own death

    5. But I will have my lord and you againAs friendly as you were

      She is like a goddess, bringing things from destruction back into order, and having people worship her like Cassio as her "true servant"

    6. The wine she drinks is made ofgrapes.

      As opposed to Jesus's blood? Does this imply she is a fake? And that she wears a facade?

    7. I am not merry, but I do beguileThe thing I am by seeming otherwise.

      Seems like Iago, a mirror of him....

    8. s.Hail to thee, lady, and the grace of heaven

      Always referred to side by side with the angels or grace of heaven

    9. our great captain’s captain

      Guardian angel of Othello himself

    10. As having sense of beauty, do omitTheir mortal natures, letting go safely byThe divine Desdemona

      Is Desdemona somehow the only figure that can ease the storm, falter the wrath that Iago brings, Othello's source of protection and of hope? Juxtaposition between heavenly and mortal world, the opposite of evil himself, Iago