Thursday, September 17, 2015

Annie Baker & Anastasia Dorval "Othello" Act 2 Summary/ Response Outline

Summary Response Outline


Summary:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
Shakespeare’s Othello Act II depicts Iago’s plans to get Cassio out of his lieutenancy position.
  • Supporting ideas and explanations to prove main ideas
Iago convinces Roderigo that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair. He tells Roderigo this because he knows that this will aggravate Roderigo. Later in the act, Iago convinces Cassio to drink, knowing that Cassio doesn’t react well to alcohol. He does this so that Cassio will end up in a fight with Roderigo, and get stripped of the lieutenancy due to his poor actions.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
Othello by Shakespeare illustrates with words, Iago’s plans to get Cassio stripped of his lieutenancy.
Response:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb,correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays___________ because ___________ .
Shakespeare’s Othello Act II correctly portrays Iago’s jealousy through villainy because he uses other’s vulnerability against them.
  • Claim 1:
Iago uses other people’s weaknesses and secrets against them for his own personal gain.
    • Set-up
Knowing that Cassio does not react well to alcohol, Iago plans on getting Cassio drunk so that his actions will lead to Cassio being stripped of his lieutenancy.  
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (Shakespeare 1.2.13-17).
Iago states his plans to the audience,”If I can fasten but one cup upon him with that which he hath drunk tonight already, he’ll be as full of quarrel and offense as my young mistress’ dog”  (Shakespeare 2.3. 49-52).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim: explain quote, connect to claim
Shakespeare depicts Iago’s plans aloud to the audience, describing Iago’s plot to get Cassio drunk so he can be easily persuaded to brawl with Roderigo. This leads to Cassio fighting Montano, a well respected man in Cyprus, which then climaxes to Cassio being stripped of the lieutenancy. Iago used Cassio’s vulnerability with alcohol intolerance to force Cassio to fight someone who he shouldn’t have. As a result, Cassio lost his position of power as a result of Iago’s jealousy over Cassio being named lieutenant.
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ....
However, Iago is not a villain because all Iago does is help Cassio after he is stripped of the lieutenancy.
    • Set-up
Cassio was just stripped of the position lieutenant, and Iago is giving him advice on how to regain the position lieutenant.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
Cassio, crying, is encouraged by Iago to think of how to regain his position as lieutenant,“I’ll tell you what you shall do” (Shakespeare 2.3 333).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim: explain quote, connect to claim
Iago actually is a very caring friend because he took the time to give Cassio advice on how to regain the position of lieutenant.
Rebuttal:
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? (use rebuttal progression language)
A common view is that Iago is not a villain, because he cares about others due to their vulnerabilities. It is understandable why Iago could be perceived this way, because Iago did give Cassio advice on how to regain his position as lieutenant. But it is more complicated than that, Iago truly demonstrates villainous acts when he uses other’s weaknesses against them. Iago uses Cassio’s alcohol intolerance to get Cassio drunk and involved in a fight, so that Cassio would be stripped of his position as a lieutenant.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea

Othello Act II by Shakespeare depicts Iago, and his vile plans to get Cassio stripped of the lieutenancy.

1 comment:

  1. summary: where is formal main idea in your topic sentence - you are missing a main idea rather than using a plot element.
    Response: focus topic sentence on idea not plot element; check citations
    Explanations of quotes need to explain quote and then connect to claim/counterclaim point. Check counterclaim explanation.
    Good start on rebuttal: keep pushing more towards your position.

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