Test: Quote Identification

Posted: November 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Quote:

“Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands:
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him
And makes me poor indeed.”

Speaker: Iago

Person Spoken to: Othello

What is going on when this passage is spoken? 

Iago had just started sending Othello tiny signals that he might’ve seen something between Cassio and Desdimona. He’s pretending to be a good friend to Cassio and not want to tell on him, when in reality it’s just the opposite.

Comment:

It’s ironic how Iago says “Good name in man and woman… Is the immediate jewel of their souls.”, while at the same time he is purposely trying to wreck a man (Cassio) and a woman’s (Desdimona) good name.

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