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What are 4 important soliloquies in Othello, and what do they mean?

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courtnie | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 9, 2007 at 9:54 AM via web

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What are 4 important soliloquies in Othello, and what do they mean?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 10, 2007 at 12:58 AM (Answer #1)

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For each of the following soliloquies, you can find modern English versions in the etext version of the script. For now, I'm just giving a capsule summary.

One comes at the end of Act I, scene 3. It is Iago alone on stage, and he spells out the meaning quite clearly: he hates Othello, and here is why.

One comes at the end of Act II, scene 1. Again, it is Iago alone on stage, and he spells out his plans for Cassio, and what he really thinks is the case (and will happen).

One comes in Act III, scene 3. Again, it is Iago alone on stage. This time he plans out what he'll do with the handkerchief (a key plot element).

Another comes in Act IV, scene 1. After Othello falls into his trance, Iago is alone on stage, and plans to talk to Bianca (another plot point).

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