Later in the play Emilia goes on to make additional, subversive statements that go against the grain of the cultural misogyny of the contemporary era. Then in the next scene, Emilia says “They [men] are all but stomachs, and we all but food; / They eat us hungerly, and when they are full, / They belch us. Emilia is outraged and plain speaking about Othello’s treatment of Desdemona ‘They are all but stomachs, and we all but food, they eat us hungrily and when they are full they belch us’ Emilia speaks plainly about men’s exploitation of women in the 17th century ‘He tonight hath boarded a land carrack’ Iago: “It is a common thing – to have a foolish wife” Once he has the handkerchief: “Go, leave me” and she leaves – acts hatefully towards his own wife. All Emilia's wisdom and knowledge could not, in the end, save her mistress from the consequences of her husband's evil and Othello's jealousy. In Act III Scene 4 we see that Emilia is more realistic about male–female relationships than Desdemona. Emilia : I don't think it is the husbands' fault if wives do fall. achievements but he follows it with ‘no more of that’, meaning both, I won’t be doing any more of that, and I’m not going to boast. He is good at switching masks, from the good friend to the nasty, plotting man. IAGO: Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy!/ It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock/ The meat it feeds on. The origin of the phrase, “green-eyed monster” for jealousy, and the idea that it’s laughing at the one it’s devouring. by sorallellow1999, Jan. 2017. Even though I can’t suffer him, the Black is loyal, loving and a natural leader. 23). Also, he knows Desdemona’s weakness, her kindness and trust in others.Iago blames Bianca for Cassio getting stabbed: “I do suspect this trash”. He attacks Cassio on Iago’s orders and manages to wound him but is also wounded in return, which is where Iago takes advantage of the situation and finishes him off as Roderigo becomes dangerous as he knows the truth about Iago. V,2,3498. III,4,2350. Othello (1951) Fay Compton as Emilia. Iago: “That he would steal away so guilty-like / Seeing your coming”Othello to Iago, trying to find out his thoughts about Desdemona and Cassio: “What dost thou think?” Iago: “Think, my lord?” – Iago perhaps stalling for time, trying to make sure it’s done right, not too quick to accuse Cassio OR trying to be a good friend to Cassio = no reason to doubt his words.Othello: “Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago” – Iago has to back-track quickly or risk becoming a suspect + fail his plan, so changes the subject but not completely – “I confess it is my nature’s plague” – “Oft my jealousy / Shapes faults that are not”Iago: “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy: / It is a green-eyed monster” – makes Othello doubt himself rather than Iago anymore.Iago: “Look to your wife, observe her well with Cassio” – he purposely doesn’t explain why, still not wanting to incriminate his friend – further shows this with, “Cassio’s my worthy friend”Iago: “The Moor already changes with my poison” – “But with a little act upon the blood / Burn like the mines of sulphur”Iago: “To be direst and honest is not safe” – has to stop Othello’s threats or he might be in the line of fire so uses Othello’s doubts, who wants Iago to talk truthfully as he thinks to him. All of the characters fall prey to his manipulation as many characters call him ‘honest’ on numerous occasions. Iago, scene I, Iago, scene I BRABANTIO: For if such actions may have passage free,/Bondslaves and pagans shall our statesmen be. Her loyalty to Othello is unusually high, and even when he kills her, she doesn’t blame him, and she lies to Emilia for his sake (just like Emilia lied to Desdemona for Iago’s sake). (2.3). He uses insinuation and the supposed proof of the handkerchief given by Othello to Desdemona and dropped by her handkerchief). Othello is unable to win him over with his story of how Desdemona fell in love with him. I have doubts over how well he really knows his daughter, and he sees her how he wants her to be, not how she is. Emilia suggests that women are powerless and abused by men. OPTIONS: Show cue speeches • Show full speeches # Act, Scene, Line (Click to see in context) Speech text: 1. Look you [Desdemona], Cassio and my husband! Quote: “Tis not a year or two shows us a man: / They are all but stomachs and we all but food: / They eat us hungerly, and when they are full, / They belch us.” Analysis : Emilia uses an extended metaphor to voice her disgust toward men, comparing men to stomachs and women to belched food. Iago: “I know my price, I am worth no worse a place”Iago: “From this time forth I never will speak word” – he doesn’t speak again for the rest of the play, won’t even explain the motive of his actions to the others. DUKE: To vouch this is no proof/ Without more wider and more overt test/ Than these thin habits and poor likelihoods/Of modern seeming do prefer against him.(1.3). Iago adds fuel to the fire, conflating appearance and reality for Othello. Emilia's super-bitter take on her married life with Iago contrasts with Desdemona's (temporarily) idealistic marriage to Othello. I am not what I am. – It is a ridiculous claim, a dangerous one. Othello Love Quotes; Othello Love Quotes. She remains true to herself until the end and doesn’t fall to Othello constantly trying to make her admit to cheating on him. Emilia's Role Emilia is Desdemona's lady in waiting, or attendant. After Othello strongly insists to know what Iago thinks, Iago says “You can’t find that out, even if you held my heart in your hand you couldn’t make me tell you. 0.0 / 5. The others are so far beneath him they don’t deserve to know, probably won’t understand his complex mind.Iago: “The Moor already changes with my poison” – “But with a little act upon the blood / Burn like the mines of sulphur”Iago: “Thus do I ever make my fool my purse” – about Roderigo after he has him trapped in his persuasion. Othello: “Why did I marry? 4. Emilia - Key Quotes. He went hence but now, And certainly in strange unquietness. Iago. (4.1). Discussing marriage and men she says: ’Tis not a year or two shows us a man. Lie on her?” – breaks down into prose instead of verse then has a seizure. Othello questions Emilia about Cassio and Desdemona’s relationship, acting as if Emilia is the mistress of a brothel and Desdemona… Act 4, scene 3 Othello, walking with Lodovico, orders Desdemona to go to bed and to dismiss Emilia. IAGO: Her honor is an essence that’s not seen,/They have it very oft that have it not. He is ignorant but as are the rest of the characters in the play. ). OTHELLO: Put out the light, and then put out the light. IAGO: The Moor, howbeit that I endure him not,/ Is of a constant, loving, noble nature (2.1). Approved by eNotes Editorial Team 22. Othello recalls a time when he wasn’t preoccupied with jealousy. This quote shows that Emilia at this point feels little moral responsibility, and in fact might prefer not to know the details of what her husband is plotting. Othello, scene iii; There are a kind of men so loose of soul, That in their sleeps will mutter their affairs. Iago: “We have reason to cool our raging motions” (impulses, emotions) – links to how Iago gets his revenge on Othello, rendering him unable to use reason.Iago to Roderigo: “Come, be a man” – “If thou wilt needs damn thyself, do it a more delicate way than drowning. You have little cause to say so. Desdemona’s father sees his world being turned on its head as he thinks of the union between her and Othello. She (Desdemona), beautiful, was quite happy in her innocence, and marriage (and sex) was the last thing on her mind, even to one of the primped and pampered rich lads of the nation. In this quote, Emilia tells us what she really thinks about men. Othello’s Weakness Quotes (succumbing to jealousy and doubt)? ), CASSIO: Oh that men should put an enemy in their mouths, to steal away their brains! (3.3). (3.3). It seems as though Othello isn’t just resentful towards Desdemona, he is beginning to hate himself. 'to wager she is honest, lay down my soul at stake'. OTHELLO: My parts, my title and my perfect soul/ Shall manifest me rightly. In Act III, scene iv Desdemona asks Emilia if she know where she lost her handkerchief. He also succumbs to Iago’s persuasion and gets drunk, and then listens to Iago’s advice to enlist Desdemona for help. Emilia. being as inexperienced in battle as a spinster would be in marriage, all talk and no action on the battlefield, but with the parallel association of sexual impotence. She’s basically too good. Iago sows doubt and ingratiates himself to Othello. OTHELLO: She loved me for the dangers I had passed,/And I loved her that she did pity them./. Roderigo: “I will incontinently drown myself” (immediately) – vulnerability or just expression of his emotions and anger?Roderigo: “It is silliness to live when to live is torment”Iago to Roderigo: “Come, be a man” – “If thou wilt needs damn thyself, do it a more delicate way than drowning. He ends up with all the power and the power to decide Iago’s fate. (1.1). IAGO: A fellow almost damned in a fair wife;/That never set a squadron in a field, /Nor the division of a battle knows/ More than a spinster…/Mere prattle, without practice Is all his soldiership. One is the wife of the play’s tragic hero-Othello; the other is betrothed to one of the greatest villains of all time-Iago. Brabantio: “O thou foul thief”Brabantio: “Where hast thou stowed my daughter?”Brabantio: “A maiden never bold… To fall in love with what she feared to look on!”Brabantio: “She is abused, stol’n from me and corrupted / By spells and medicines”Brabantio: “So opposite to marriage that she shunned / The wealthy curlèd dearling of our nation” Brabantio: “my particular grief / Is of so flood-gate and o’erbearing nature / That it engluts and swallows other sorrows / And it is still itself”Brabantio: “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: / She has deceived her father, and may thee”. 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