Saturday, October 3, 2015

Zoe's S/R outline:act 5

Summary Response Outline

Summary:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
    • Act 5 of Shakespeare’s Othello explores the idea of revenge, and the effects it can have on one’s actions.
  • Supporting ideas and explanations to prove main ideas
    • Iago’s scheme finally works itself out, and everyone is right where he wants them to be; Desdemona is dead as well as her murderous husband, while cassio and Roderigo are fighting to the death.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
    • As Iago plans revenge on his companions, he seems to be siding with them, but really he is completely against them.

Response:
  • Topic sentence: title, author,,correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays___(Main Idea)________ because ___________ .
    • Othello, by Shakespeare, correctly portrays the outcome revenge can have on one’s decisions through the character Iago and his revengeful attitude.
  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up
      • Iago’s plan throughout the entire play is to get revenge on Cassio, but in the process he shakes up other relationships and ruins them for his own benefit.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (Shakespeare 1.2.13-17).
      • During the falling action of the play, Iago arranges for Cassio and Roderigo to fight, as he thinks over his plan he indicates that, “ whether he kill Cassio, or Cassio kill him, or each do kill the other, Every way makes my gain.” (shakespeare 5.1.12-15)
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim: explain quote, connect to claim
      • Iago obviously did not seem to be concerned with who was killed in the fight between Cassio and Roderigo, but only that one of them needed to die. As long as everything worked out for himself then he was satisfied.
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ....
    • However it can be argued that in the midst of the scheme and revenge Iago really did care about Othello and was only cheating him to get rid of Cassio
    • Set-up
      • With guilt  and shame the truth is finally being shared, but Iago manages to take a lie and make it mostly true and believable.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
      • the presence of Othello and his wife he explains to them that, “ I told him what I thought, and told no more than what he found himself was   apt and true.” ( shakespeare 5.2.213-214)

    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim: explain quote, connect to claim
      • Iago seems as if he does not want to hurt Othello, so he hides the truth in more lies by telling them that he just told Othello what he thought was true which could be a number of different things.
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? (use rebuttal progression language)
    • At first glance one might think that Iago is trying to save Othello grief by covering the truth and beating around the bush. one cannot deny that Othello has been through a lot lately, and it could be the act of sympathy on Iago’s part for not spilling the beans and confessing everything. However it is much more complicated than that, because throughout the whole story Iago has not cared for anyone but himself and why would that stop now when he is under pressure? Iago himself stated at the beginning of the play that, “ I hate the Moor,” ( shakespeare 1.2.429). How could this have changed especially if he was so close to reaching his goal?Anyone could clearly see Iago’s intentions throughout the play were to get revenge at all costs without regarding anyone or anything.
    • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
      • As the story unfolds the outcome of revenge becomes very apparent as well as the result it can have on one’s mind and actions.