World Civ. II/Hansen
Due: Friday, Dec. 2nd.
Background: In the middle ages, animal stories were immensely popular. There was a spiritual and mystical lore associated with beast in many of the stories. A bestiary is an encyclopedia or catalogue of beast. Many of the descriptions of the beast were accompanied with a moral lesson.
Directions: Review Act 1 of Othello. Look for animals, birds, insects, and creatures that Iago mentions. List at least ten of them in the chart below and note the significant of the symbolism. This work is to be done individually. Do not share work with classmates. Do not use outside sources to assist in this assignment. Use your own wonderful brain and be thorough in your explanations. This assignment is to be typed. This assignment is to be submitted to turnitin.
Act, Scene, Line of Quote
| Animals, Birds, Insects, Other Creatures Mentioned by Iago
| Explain the Symbolism
| “Daws to peck at” Iago’s heart
| Daws are viewed as stupid birds. This language creates an image of a crow picking at carcass of animal. The daw is symbolic of slow and dense humanity. The heart is symbolic of emotions. Iago is saying that he will not allow his thoughts and emotions to be viewed and criticized by people who he considers to be dimwitted – picked at like birds picking at a carcass. This metaphor shows Iago’s arrogance.
| 1 1.1.97-98
| “Even now, now, very now an old black ramIs tupping your white ewe”
| While old, black, and ram have bad connotations, white ewe has an innocent and sweet connotation. Iago uses these specific words to make Othello seem very unappealing compared to Desdemona. Old exaggerates Othello and Desdemona’s age difference, black gives a harsh racist statement, and ram makes Othello look aggressive and unfit for the innocent Desdemona.
| 2 1.1.122-123
| “sir, you are one of those that will not serve God if the devil bid you”
| Iago is insulting the senator and stating...
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