Episode 66: Foul Toads, Othello Act 4


Othello is not taking rejection well. He’s pretty pissed. And Desdemona is totally confused. She finally has to appeal to Iago for help! Ooohhh the irony.

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• Othello’s broken heart. So much pain here and he turns it to fury.

• again notice the ugliness of Othello’s language vs. the Christian imagery and language that Desdemona uses. Intense repetition of the antithesis of heaven v. hell – he even has a line that begins with the word Heaven and ends with the word Hell

• He has been poisoned, so it’s interesting he uses the image of the toad (they were thought to be poisonous).

• images of rot – terrible smells that offend heaven

• new word for whore – ‘callat’ – among others like strumpet etc…

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