Othello Act 4 Quotes

Speaker: OthelloAudience: IagoTalking about Desdemona cheating, bothered by the loss of the handkerchief. Questioning Iago about what’s going on, pulling apart Iago’s language. “Lie with her? Lie on her? We say ‘lie on her’when they belie her. Lie with her–Zounds, that’s fulsome! Handkerchief–confessions–handkerchief.”
Speaker: LodovicoAudience: Othello Othello was in Venice = was viewed as having eternal love for Desdemona so he or anyone in Venice would not have been able to believe that Othello actually had hit Desdemona “My lord, this would not be believed in Venice,Though I should swear I saw ‘t.”
Speaker: IagoAudience: CassioIago is lying about how Othello asks during the seizure (he is saying that if Cassio gets Othello to come out of the seizer he will act mad). It is clear that Iago does not want Othello to come out of the seizer, so that is why he lies to Cassio “The lethargy must have his quiet course.If not, he foams at mouth, and by and byBreaks out to savage madness.”
Speaker: Iago Audience: Othello DRAMATIC IRONY (behind the scenes Iago wrecks Othello’s life.) “I mock you not, by heaven!Would you would bear your fortune like a man!”
Speaker: BiancaAudience: CassioBianca is upset Cassio gave her the same handkerchief that Desdemona had. She wants to be Cassio’s only significant other and she becomes jealous easily “Let the devil and his dam haunt you! What did you mean by that same handkerchief you gave me even now? I was a fine fool to take it!”
Speaker: DesdemonaAudience: LodovicoDesdemona is saying how she would do anything make Othello and Cassio back friends again. Desdemona should not be saying this to Othello since he thinks Cassio/Desdemona are having an affair “A most unhappy one. I would do muchT’ atone them, for the love I bear to Cassio.”
Speaker: IagoAudience: Viewing Audience He is questioning Cassio to see if he is sleeping with a prostitute “Now will I question Cassio of Bianca,A housewife that by selling her desiresBuys herself bread and (clothes).”
Speaker: OthelloAudience: IagoOthello is hurt by Desdemona and by this point he hates her and wants her to rot in her grave and to be damned. He can never love again because his heart has turned to stone “Ayyyyyyy (lmao) let her rot and perish and be damned tonight, for she shall not live. No, my heart is turned to stone.”
Speaker: EmiliaAudience: OthelloEmilia goes out on a limb and says she thinks that Desdemona is faithful, but if Othello thinks otherwise then he is entitled to his opinion and forget she said anything “I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest,Lay down my soul at stake. If you think other, remove your thought.”
Speaker: OthelloAudience: SelfDesdemona keeps the fact that she is a “This is subtle *****,A closet lock and key of villainous secrets.And yet she’ll kneel and pray.”
Speaker: OthelloAudience: Desdemona Othello is comparing Desdemona to a weed pretending to be a flower. In other words she is a ***** pretending to be faithful. He continues to claim that it hurts too much to look at her since he does not see any flaws in her. Beautiful on the outside, evil on the inside, weeds can be beautiful but choke out everything else. “O thou weed,Who art so lovely fair, and smell’st so sweetThat the sense aches at thee, would thou hadstNe’er been born!”
Speaker: Iago Audience: Roderigo Iago planifies the murder of Cassio, and tells Roderigo how exactly to kill him, when and where. “If you will watch his going thence (which I willfashion to fall out between twelve and one), you may take him at your pleasure. I will be near to second your attempt, and he shall fall between us.”
Speaker: Roderigo Audience: IagoEveryday Iago promises to help him get with Desdemona, but it seems to him it is not working. Roderigo begins to see that Iago is playing him and he no longer wants to be involved. “Every day thou daff’st me with some device, Iago, and rather, as it seems to me now, keep’st from me all conveniency than suppliest me with the least advantage of hope. I will indeed no longer endure it.”
Speaker: Desdemona Audience: OthelloShe is saying how she is not a ***** and how she will let no man touch her/sleep with her but Othello. She is trying to convince Othello that she is faithful “No, as I am a Christian!If to preserve this vessel for my lordFrom any other foul unlawful touchBe not to be a strumpet. I am none.”
Speaker: Desdemona Audience: EmiliaFORESHADOW If/when Desdemona dies(Emilia) cover her in the wedding sheets she laid on the bed as a sign of their love and a simpler time. “All’s one. Good faith, how foolish are our minds!If I do die before thee, prithee, shroud meIn one of those same sheets.”
Speaker: Desdemona Audience: EmiliaBarbary and her husband’s relationship mirrors what will happen with Othello and Desdemona. FORESHADOW relationship and deaths “My mother had a maid called Barbary.She was in love, and he she loved proved madAnd did forsake her. She had a song of willow,And old thing ’twas, but it expressed her fortune,And she died singing it. That song tonightWill not go from my mind.”
Speaker: Emilia Audience: Desdemona I would cheat on my husband if it would give us more power. The price of power is much more than of a small mistake. “The world’s a huge thing. It is a great price for such a small vice.”