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Speech on Othello

Introduction1)Othello is by far the most romantic figure among Shakespeare's heroes.a)He is so separated from the strange life of war and adventure that he has lived from childhood.b)He is not a merely romantic figure; his own nature is romantic.2)From what I have read about him, I will now talk about his introduction to us in the play, his nature, and his downfall.Body1)He comes before us, dark and grand, with a light upon him from the sun where he was born.a)No longer young, he is now serious, self-controlled, and steeled by the experience of countless dangers and hardships.i)He is a naturally humble great man, yet fully conscious of his worth.ii)He is proud of his services to the state apparently against all dangers from outside and all revolts from inside.b)His mind, despite all its poetry, is very simple.i)He is not observant.ii)His nature tends outward.(1)He is quite free from introspection, and is not given to reflection.(2)Emotion excites his imagination, but it confuses and blurs his intellect.(3)He has little experience of the corrupt products of civilized life, and is ignorant of Venetian women.iii)In spite of his dignity and exceptional calmness, he is by nature full of the most intense passion.iv)This and other aspects of his character are best presented by a single line of Shakespeare.(1)Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them.(2)These are the words by which Othello in a moment silences the brawl between his attendants and those of Brabantio.2)Othello's nature is all of one piece.a)His trust, where he trusts, is absolute.i)Hesitation is almost impossible to him.ii)He is extremely self-reliant, and decides and acts immediately.iii)If stirred to anger, he answers with one lightning stroke.b)Love, if he loves, must be to him the heaven where either he must leave or bear no life.i)If an emotion such as jealousy takes hold of him, it will grow into an incontrollable flood.(1)He will demand immediate conviction o...

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