Thursday, September 10, 2015

Schmidt/Sage Act 1.3 Summary Response Outline

Act 1” of Othello by William Shakespeare illustrates how love overpowers jealousy and anger. Brabantio was convinced by Othello and Desdemona's love for one another and was able to forget the displeasure and rage he felt with the situation. He heard both sides of the story, and decided to let the lovers stay with one another. Clearly, Shakespeare demonstrates the strong influence that love has on people and their decisions.

  • Make an argument: Othello proves that love overpowers the influence of prejudice and anger.
    • Take a position
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Othello by William Shakespeare unearths the power of love, and it’s capability to overcome prejudice and anger, because Brabantio’s prejudice and aggravation is altered after Othello and Desdemona's’ sincere pleads of love.

  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up:
      • what is happening in the story Brabantio, driven by rage and preconception, takes Othello before the Duke to penalize him for “beseeching his daughter with so called witchcraft”.
    • Evidence: Lead-in:   Othello articulates his affection for Desdemona by divulging the manner in which he won her over “ quotation” (‘“She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them. This only is the witchcraft I have used’” (Shakespeare 1.3 194-195). Desdemona then  pried her father’s heart by comparing her inevitable love to the love her mother has for Brabantio “quotation” (“‘And so much duty as my mother showed To you, preferring you before her father, So much I challenge that I may profess Due to the Moor my lord’” (Shakespeare 1.3 215-218)
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim Both Othello and Desdemona use their best role play to manipulate Brabantio’s heart strings. It is a success, as Brabantio softens and begins to embrace Othello.

  • Counterclaim 1: However one may argue that since Iago and Roderigo still despise Othello even after he and Desdemona profess their love, it proves love does not overpower prejudice and anger.
    • Set-up As Othello begins to vocalize his defense, it is clear Iago remains unmoved
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “‘She must change for youth. When she is sated with his body she will find the error of her choice’” (Shakespeare 1.3 393-394).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim Evidently Iago still finds Othello and Desdemona's love to be of weak and superficial nature. His hate for Othello continues, even when Othello has suppressed himself to a stance of compassion and weakness.

  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? A common view is that love has no effect on someones feelings of anger or prejudice. Roderigo and Iago's emotions were not changed when they saw the true love of Othello and Desdemona, so therefor love doesn’t alter anything. However, there is a clear example of how love does change the view of someone. Brabantio’s mind, even when filled with anger and hate, was still altered when he saw the immense amount of love that Othello and Desdemona had for one another. Even the Duke was profound by the pride and affection between the newly weds “‘Your son in law is far more fair than black’” (Shakespeare 1.3 331)This just goes to show how powerful love truly is.

  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea Through the complexity of these social injustices, one theme becomes prevalent: love is as forceful as its antithesis. Although there are deterrents, even the cruelest characters will soften with endearment.


  1. Good summary: make sure there are no personal opinion pieces in your summary.

    Where is your position in your response topic sentence? I am not sure what is going on with your claim. You have a quote with no citation, and your interpretation is not provable- Brabantio does not come across as loving to Othello and Desdemona at all. Make sure to use the entire outline, point by point to help you complete the S/R work. Your quotes only need " " not three as you aren't having a text and dialogue conversation or a conversation amongst two people- we did this on the board yesterday.

    What might help is for you to think of explaining quotes in two pieces: one, explain what the quote is saying; two, connect the quote to the claim/ counterclaim point.

    Your rebuttal argument doesn't work because Brabantio says to all, "Look to her,Moor, if though hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father and may thee" He thinks they are liars and deceivers and wants no part of either of them.

    REDO- see me for help

    1. I don't think Sage and I's intent was to show Brabantio loves Othello, we were showing that he dropped his persecution against Othello. We interpreted that he was persuaded by Othello and Desdemona since he let them be. I'm also confused as to the quote that has no citation.