Thursday, September 10, 2015

Summary Response Act 1-Dailey Harguth

Summary Response Outline
Summary:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
    • Act 1 of “Othello” by William Shakespeare portrays how revenge can affect relationships.
  • Supporting ideas to prove main ideas
    • Iago wants revenge because Othello gave the first lieutenant to Cassio
    • Roderigo wants revenge because Othello married Desdemona
  • Explanation of ideas
    • Iago wanted the position because he had been in war with Othello before and Cassio hadn’t
    • Roderigo wanted to marry Desdemona himself
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
    • In Act 1 of “Othello,” revenge leads to the destruction of multiple relationships, romantic and friendly.

Act 1 of Othello by William Shakespeare portrays how revenge can affect relationships. Iago wants revenge because Othello gave the first lieutenant to Cassio and he felt he deserved it because he has been in battle with Othello and was a highly trained officer. Roderigo seeks revenge because Othello married Desdemona and he wanted to marry Desdemona himself. Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, intends on getting his revenge because he does not approve the the relationship between the Moor and Desdemona. Brabantio despises their marriage because  Othello is black and Iago compares them to animals. Act 1 of “Othello,” revenge leads to the destruction of multiple relationships, romantic or blood-related.

Response:
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ....
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument?
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea

Act 1 of Othello by William Shakespeare correctly demonstrates how revenge can control a person’s emotions because it can drive them to manipulate and harm others. Shakespeare shows this through the actions of Iago. Iago and Othello have a friendly relationship until Othello supplies Cassio with the first lieutenant position, which Iago wanted because he felt he deserved it. “I know my price, I am worth no worse a place,” (Shakespeare 1.1 12) Obviously Iago developed a deep hatred of Othello once the position was cast away.  Iago’s hatred of Othello drives him to manipulate Roderigo by using his feelings for Desdemona to strengthen his hatred for the Moor. Roderigo is willing to help Iago in order to win Desdemona’s heart, and it seems Iago is concerned with Roderigo’s emotions when he says, “Put but money in thy purse,” (Shakespeare 1.3 389). Iago encourages his friend to win Desdemona’s heart by chasing her to Cyprus to buy her feelings. Iago manipulates Roderigo into working with him against Othello; however,  Iago is concerned about the emotional being of his friend. Revenge takes over a person’s being and takes hold of their emotions so that they manipulate and seek harm.   

1st step: Describe a "naive response" or an opposing interpretation of your position. A "naive view" is a view that you personally disagree with or a view that misses something important. But don't use the word "naive." Say something like…
I used to think that...
A common view is that...
At first glance...
Many think that....
X argues that...
Critics of ____ propose...

2nd step: Briefly explain the logic or reasoning of this "naive view." Answer the question, "Why would someone think this way? Why would they find their answer or solution logical or reasonable?" Why did I think this way? Say something like...
We cannot deny that...
This way of making sense of the position makes a degree of sense [why?]
This position seems reasonable [why?]
I can understand why someone might interpret X in this way [explain how so]
These conclusions seem compelling [why?]


3rd step: Provide a transition that indicates that you are going to contrast this "naive view." Say something like...
However...
But it's more complicated than that...
This interpretation is helpful, but it misses an important point...
This interpretation raises a fundamental question...
While this view seems plausible/reasonable at first glance, we should look closer...

A common view is that Iago wanted to help Roderigo by saving him from death when he says, “Drown cats and blind puppies,” (Shakespeare 1.3 378-379).  One can not deny that Iago is concerned about his friend and his emotional state.  However it is clear that Iago is only out for himself and his revenge Othello when he says, “Thus do I ever make my fool my purse,”(Shakespeare 1.3 426).  Iago is obviously using Roderigo to achieve absolute revenge  and destruction n of Othello.

1 comment:

  1. This should be posted in outline form. Who is your partner?

    Good summary- a little less detail. Punctuate title correctly.

    Good response. Spend more time on setting up situation of quotations to get to the point-- where is the lead in and proper citations?. Your claim/counterclaim explanations need more assistance to connect them to ideas. Push forward thinking in your rebuttal. Use the rebuttal progression model to help you in this process.

    Concluding sentence?

    REDO

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