Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chantelle W. Othello Act 4 Summary Response Redo

Summary Response Outline


Summary:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
  • Supporting ideas to prove main ideas
  • Explanation of ideas
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea


In Act 4 of Othello by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare demonstrates the superiority of genders through the men’s actions towards the women throughout the text. Shakespeare does this through characters such as Othello, as he shows his superiority over Desdemona. The difference of genders is portrayed when Othello slaps Desdemona in front of an entire crowd. William Shakespeare demonstrates the superiority of genders throughout Act 4 of Othello through the action of the men towards the women.


Response:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “                  .” ( 1 )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ....
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim
  • Claim 2:
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
  • Counterclaim 2: Although, ....
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument?
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea


Act 4 of Othello by William Shakespeare correctly portrays the superiority of genders through how the men act toward the women and how the men address the women. Shakespeare is able to display the superiority of men over women in the 1600s. Othello shows his superiority over his wife Desdemona when he slaps her in front of an entire audience. Othello thought that Desdemona was cheating on him, so he was asking her about it. Othello supposedly knew that Desdemona was cheating and when she repeatedly lied to him, he got angry and slapped her. There was a group of people in the area listening to Othello bad talk Desdemona, and Othello slapped her in front of all of them. Othello knew he was superior to Desdemona and he would do what he wanted to her, “I am glad to see you mad” (Shakespeare 4.1.266), Desdemona replied “Why, sweet Othello” (Shakespeare 4.1.267), Othello responded “(striking her) Devil”(Shakespeare 4.1.268). Othello wasn’t hearing what he wanted to hear from Desdemona, and since he feels as if he owns Desdemona, he got angry and slapped her. Othello was treating Desdemona as more of an object than a women since he is a men, and in the 1600s gender played a big role in their social status. Men were above women and they could treat the women as bad as they wanted as long as they got their way.
However, Othello usually treats Desdemona with respect and makes sure that Desdemona is happy and safe. Normally, Othello is very kind to Desdemona just as Desdemona is to Othello. He treats her with respect and talks to her as if she is the most precious person that he has ever met. Othello loves Desdemona just as Desdemona loves Othello. He is concerned for Desdemona and will do whatever it takes to make her happy. Desdemona also does whatever it takes to make Othello happy. They have deep feelings for one another and Othello always trusted Desdemona before now. The two are equals and gender hasn’t played a role in their relationship before now. Othello normally speaks very highly of Desdemona, “...I do but say what she is! So delicate with her needle, an admirable musician- O, she will sing the savageness out of a bear! Of so high and plenteous wit and invention” (Shakespeare 4.1.205-209). Othello was describing Desdemona saying how beautiful, delicate, smart, and talented she was. They both speak very highly of each other and trust each other. The two have always treated each other as equals and never thought about one being superior over the other.
One might think that Othello and Desdemona treat each other as equals and gender doesn’t play a role in their relationship. One cannot deny that Othello does care for Desdemona and thinks very highly of her, especially when he describes her to others and describes their love for each other to others. While this view seems reasonable at first, one doesn’t take into account the fact that Othello just slapped Desdemona, and embarrassed her by doing it in front of a crowd. Othello was mad at Desdemona, and used his gender superiority to make it acceptable to slap Desdemona. He also treated her like an object because when Othello accused her of cheating on him, he didn’t give Desdemona a chance to explain herself. Othello just said what he wanted to believe, and got mad at Desdemona for a crime that she didn’t even do. Another example of this is when later Desdemona tried to talk to Othello to see why he was mad at her. She was just explaining herself and Othello shooed her off, even when she began to beg on her knees. Desdemona explains how she is faithful and is not a whore, “To whom, my lord? With whom? How am I false?” (Shakespeare 4.2.49). Othello responded, “Ah, Desdemona, away, away, away!” (Shakespeare 4.2.50). Even after Othello slaps Desdemona for doing nothing wrong, he still won’t tell her what he is mad at her for or give her time to explain. He thinks that he doesn’t owe her an explanation since he is a man. Shakespeare shows the reader that in the 1600s gender played a big role in relationships and males had superiority over females. In Act 4 of Othello by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare correctly portrays, through the characters actions towards each others, how gender superiority can influence someone’s actions.


1 comment:

  1. watch word choice. try to use a variety of words and evidence to support.

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