"Othello" by William Shakespeare, Act I

February 21, 2013
Influenced by the duplicitous Iago, Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, begins to doubt his wife's faithfulness. Read the full text here.

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"Hate me," says the speaker.
If ever I did dream of such a matter, Abhor me.
Evades them, with a bombast circumstance
Horribly stuff'd with epithets of war;
The word "moor" refers to Othello's heritage; Shakespeare implies that he is of Muslim / African lineage.
To love the Moor.
That, doting on his own obsequious bondage,
Who, trimm'd in forms and visages of duty,
Do themselves homage: these fellows have some soul;
Rouse him: make after him, poison his delight,
Yet throw such changes of vexation on't,
Do, with like timorous accent and dire yell
To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor --
For thus deluding you.
I shall promulgate -- I fetch my life and being
Shall manifest me rightly.
'Tis probable and palpable to thinking.
By no assay of reason: 'tis a pageant,
So may he with more facile question bear it,
By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks;
Of being taken by the insolent foe
Othello, the fortitude of the place is best
known to you; and though we have there a substitute
of most allowed sufficiency, yet opinion, a
sovereign mistress of effects, throws a more safer
voice on you: you must therefore be content to
slubber the gloss of your new fortunes with this
more stubborn and boisterous expedition.
A natural and prompt alacrity
In me defunct -- and proper satisfaction.
That my disports corrupt and taint my business,
If the balance of our lives had not one
scale of reason to poise another of sensuality, the
blood and baseness of our natures would conduct us
to most preposterous conclusions: but we have
reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal
stings, our unbitted lusts, whereof I take this that
you call love to be a sect or scion.
Put money in thy
purse; follow thou the wars; defeat thy favour with
an usurped beard; I say, put money in thy purse.

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