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William Shakespeare's Othello - Important Notes and Quotes

             Line 20-34 - Reasons Why Iago Hates Othello.
             Iago tells Roderigo that he knows his well enough to know that he deserved the position of lieutenant, however Othello had already chosen Cassio , a Florentine, who has no more knowledge on warfare than an old lady and has absolutely no experience in battle while Iago is just his ancient. "By debitor and creditor; this counter-caster, [Cassio] in good must his lieutenant be and I, bless the mark, his Moorship's ancient." ".
             Line 43 - "I follow him to serve my turn upon him." ".
             Previously Roderigo was telling Iago to quit if he did not like his position but Iago replies with "I follow [Othello] to serve my turn upon him." This reveals Iago's intention to serve under Othello to take advantage of him for his own use. Iago is playing with Othello and gaining his trust to achieve what he wants and his is only going to get what he wants with his duplicitous actions.
             Line 67 - "Thick-lips" ".
             White men were dominant and thought to be superior over any other race and this is evident when Roderigo used a derogatory term and racial slur, "thick-lips' towards the Moor, Othello. .
             Line 80 - Patriarchal Power.
             The female in the patriarchal household is material under the authority of her father until she marries. Iago yells out "Thieves, thieves, thieves! Look to your house, your daughter, and your bags! " The daughter is grouped among the house and money which implies the female being powerless against her father. .
             Act 1, Scene 2.
             Line 18-19 - Why Othello Will Not be Heavily Punished.
             Iago tells Othello that Brabantio who is at a status almost as powerful as the Duke, knows that he and Desdemona have married and because he is furious he will try to annul the marriage and inflict laws punishment on Othello; however Othello is calm in this situation knowing that he has some influential power says "My services which I have done to the signiory shall out-tongue his complaint.

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